10k 74 days post pm

Ran my first 10k with pm today, 74 days post implantation.  No issues, felt great, well under my personal goal of under an hour.  3rd place in my 50-60 age group.  For those concerned with the effect on running or other endurance sports, it was only a temporary setback for me with two weeks off running post surgery and about a week after that of easy runs.  I posted a picture in the gallery of me and my brother in law who recently completed a 70.3 triathlon--AND I BEAT HIM!


70.3 surely?

by PapaMike - 2022-10-29 18:24:41

That's awesome, which race was it? Ironman 70.3 world champs was this weekend, I don't suppose it was that one?


by Mad Hatter - 2022-10-29 18:32:03

Yes 70.3 is what I meant. He did the one in Madison WI a few weeks ago. 

Inspirational 👍🏼

by Lavender - 2022-10-29 22:01:43

Great picture! You're amazing! Congratulations on adapting so well to your pacemaker and showing the world what can be done even when battery powered!🤣

Well done

by Gemita - 2022-10-30 04:02:07

Mad Hatter, that is really wonderful news after your concerns about whether a pacemaker could really help.  Well you have your answer and so do we.  You  look incredibly fit in the pic you posted (both of you do).  It is so reassuring for me and for others with pacemakers to receive positive feedback from other members and so early following their implant.  You must have your settings adjusted just right for you and the higher, steady heart rate is clearly helping with circulation.

Looking at your history I see you have naturally low blood pressure, and have suffered from syncope.  Have you noticed whether your blood pressure has increased slightly following your pacemaker and may I ask what your lower rate limit is set at?   Some of us with low blood pressure may find this problem improves too once our heart rate is prevented from falling or pausing, a clear trigger for syncope.  I see you are being treated for a thyroid condition but from your successful run, I have no doubt this is well under control.

I hope you continue to do well.


by Mad Hatter - 2022-10-30 15:45:35

Gemita my minimum HR is set to 50.  I don't check my BP often but it was a bit higher than usual at a recent visit to my regular doctor (still low).  


by stevebne - 2022-11-02 01:57:59

Well Done! The whole idea of the pacemaker is to help you achieve those things in your life that matter most to you. 

It took me less than 4 months post initial diagnosis till I was back in the finishing shute at a race last Sunday, and I felt better and stronger than I had in years! Thank goodness we were born at the right time to be able to access this amazing technology.

(Noosa Triathlon in Australia: only the cycle and run with my wife taking the swim as I wasn't allowed to swim until this week due to the arm movements)

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