Reduced blood pressure = reduced performance?

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Re: Reduced blood pressure = reduced performance?

Postby Steve1960VA » May 16th, 2018, 12:04 pm

Yes, very interesting comments Brian. Thanks for taking the time...

In fact, lots of interesting comments in this thread.

About three years ago, when I was really into multi-hour daily workouts and clean(er) eating, my cholesterol levels were checked. I can't recall the values exactly, but total cholesterol was low (140-145, I think). Bad cholesterol (LDL) was a touch high and good cholesterol (HDL) was a touch low (always is), but the attendant brushed those off with total cholesterol being so low.

In general my triglycerides run high and BP is somewhat high too. (I take no medications for anything, other than a daily low-dose aspirin).

Interesting too on the Dr. Ornish book experience. I can't really comment on that, but I did find a book by Mr. Gary Taubes "Good Calories, Bad Calories" very interesting. It's a hard read, and very lengthy, but I more-or-less made my way through it three summers ago. Was a real eye-opener for me, but, again, is a hard read.

I really need to get serious, again, about fitness and weight loss.
Male. Virginia, USA. Born 1960. 6'4" (1.93 m). 268 pounds (122 kg). C2 Model D, PM 5.

Am erging for fitness. Weight loss OK if it comes.
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Re: Reduced blood pressure = reduced performance?

Postby DNA_Rower » May 19th, 2018, 4:17 pm

Well I'm now on half-dose (bought a pill splitter) and did a "hard distance" 5K today which I managed to pull in at 18:46.5, where my PB set last year is 18.37.5. A few weeks ago whilst on the maximum medicine dose which caused the problems I struggled to to get 19:09.7, so it's a big improvement. I'm fairly sure I could have gone a bit harder today, plus my training has been disrupted by the medicine over the last few weeks.

BP is in a normal range now for my last few measurements so maybe at this dose I will have a normal BP and still make decent erg progress.

I'll maybe start experimenting with cutting the dose further and trying to drink loads of beetroot juice!
A: 38; H: 184cm; W: 82kg. Would love to put on a few kg muscle.
PBs: 2k 6:56.9; 5k 18:37.5; 30min 7,942m;10k 38:32.0;6k 22:40.9 (all 2017/2018).
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