CAPE TOWN CYCLE TOUR RESULTS 2016
Like always Cape Town was wonderful during the Cycle Tour. Everything worked out well and I had a wonderful ride. This was my best race time ever!
Cape Town is really a beautiful town and an amazing place to stage a race like the Cycle tour.
I live a perfectly normal life and usually do not think of my AFIB that much. When something big comes along like the Cape Town Cycle Tour, which is 109km (about 67miles) I must say that I tend to think a bit more about my heart and how it will react to four hours of cycling. When I think about my training, I usually think it was not enough. This year, the longest ride that I did was 80km on a flat course, but I did train regularly.
I don’t know about other afibbers but I sometimes “feel” my heart. What I mean is that I do not feel my heart all the time but now and then I get that sensation that my heart is skipping a beat, just beating irregularly or “hard”. This worries me sometimes!
Through my own research, I have made the following conclusions, of what it may be.
- Paroxysmal Atrial Fibrillation (Afib that occurs and then stops by itself)
- A full stomach
- Ectopic Heart beats, read more about it at: Ectopic heartbeats, PVC and PAC’s
Before the Argus cycle race, I do tend to think about those times that my heart reacts strange, but I must say that during most of my races and training rides my heart beats in rhythm. Sometimes I only get a few strange beats in the beginning of the ride. I put that down to nerves and my heart “changing gears” to get the first few pedal strokes going.
Like I said this was my best ride ever and I did a time of 03:53:07, of which I am very proud of. I know I can do better, and maybe next year my time will even be better.