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Discussion: 39?!?!?!?!

in: Rosstopher; Rosstopher > 2010-01-27

Jan 28, 2010 5:37 PM # 
Impressive. Be careful not to let it fall much further or you might go into hibernation.
Jan 28, 2010 6:30 PM # 
I remember hearing that Larry Bird's rhr was about 38, so you have something in common with another Boston sports star. ;-)
Jan 28, 2010 10:15 PM # 
:) The automated blood pressure cuff machine was beeping at me and so at first I thought it was indicating that my arms were too scrawny to get a good reading. Then we repeated and got the same number, then the nurse took my pulse by hand. The doctor was curious to see if my EKG would have a AV node hiccup as usually the heart will try to increase the rate of contraction if the SA rate drops below 60 or so.... according to him there wasn't any sign of that though.
Jan 29, 2010 7:59 PM # 
It is quite surprising that a baller or Larry Bird had a rhr of 38.
Jan 29, 2010 10:45 PM # 
Bird´s RHR >> I guess you should be OK as long as you don´t have the HR of a hummingbird:
resting hummingbirds hearts beat at 250 (BPM) beats per min. Or 1200 beats per minute (BPM) when feeding.
Jan 29, 2010 11:04 PM # 
Why so surprising? Aside from being fit, Larry probably had some good genes. My rhr is lower than the supposed average rhr for the 2005 Tour de France riders, but that certainly doesn't mean that I'm more fit...
Jan 30, 2010 2:51 PM # 
Basketball players are not endurance athletes and Larry Bird never struck me as being an exceptional athlete on his own.
Jan 30, 2010 3:15 PM # 
:-) I guess it takes being a Bostonian to have a proper appreciation of athleticism.
Jan 30, 2010 3:17 PM # 
But, don't get me wrong--I love Larry Bird. His game was amazing. While he may not have been an athlete on the level of an Allen Iverson, that doesn't mean he can't be a better player.
Jan 30, 2010 4:00 PM # 
Yeah yeah, can't run, can't jump, etc., etc... but he did say this:

"I used to love the feeling of running, of running too far. It made my skin tingle. When I used to play, if I was in my room and I was on the road, I'd just go out for a run before games. In the city. Around the parking lot. On the track. I'd run around the top of the arena. Just something to keep me moving. A lot of players just couldn't do that. It wore them out for the game. I always thought it was better to run."
Jan 30, 2010 7:00 PM # 
You got to respect that.
Jan 30, 2010 8:20 PM # 
So, my question is that if I drop my rhr another beat will I be able to hit three pointers? or dunk? 'cause that would be pretty sweet, huh? :)

Also Ivarson has a quote about heartrate and basketball... well sort of

“Just getting back into the game and making it a game is all heart. It feels bad, though, because we don't give that effort in the beginning and then we start showing the heart when we're about to get blown out. You have to play like that in the beginning and get stronger as the game goes on.”
Jan 30, 2010 8:40 PM # 
Allen is a prophet.

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