Lately I've been monitoring my resting heart rate. If you keep track of it daily it's a great indication of fitness. An average male has a resting heart rate in the 70's, elite athletes in the 40's. The more fit you are the more efficient you become at using the oxygen you have, and the less your heart needs to pump. I have a tendency to overtrain, so more important to me is how it can indicate if you are overtraining. If you resting heart rate is say 10 beats higher than normal you may be overdoing it. Here is some background if you need it - Resting Heart Rate: The Closer to Zero, The Better. You take your resting heart rate when you first wake up, before you get up or move around ideally. This morning my resting heart rate was 40. This article states "athletes such as Lance Armstrong have resting heart rates in the 40's even in the high 30s." Lance's website says it's more like 32-34 (this is in his peak). Whoa..
What is yours? Here's how to take it manually you don't have a heart rate monitor.
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I was just reading a diary from Chris Carmichael written about Lance on July 11, 1999 during the tour de france. Interesting read here is a bit about lances resting heart rate "I keep close track of his waking heart rates. If there is a 3-5 bpm increase or decrease in his waking heart rate this could be an indication of dehydration, poor glycogen restoration or muscle fatigue. So far he has shown none of these fatigue indicators. Overall his resting heart rate is averaging 6-8 beat lower this year than it was in 1998. I believe this indicates a higher level of aerobic fitness and conditioning. Lance's heart rate has yet to exceed 38bpm upon waking and is averaging 36 bpm...We see this as phenomenal!"
ah.. yeah we do too Chris, we do too.