It looks like I'm going to be a non-starter. I've had a funny flutter in the heart since Monday which I've never experienced before, so today I called in at a bulk-billing GP who sent me to pathology for blood test and ECG. It seems I have an atrial flutter/fibrillation. I suspect it is an overtraining condition that will go away by itself, but I don't know. I think this is called the "denial" stage.
After reviewing the tests the GP contacted a cardiologist and he recommends not to go on a nine day cycling trip, instead he wants me to present to hospital right now to have a 24 hour monitor. There is talk of a pace maker
. They don't like my low heart rate and are skeptical when I say it is normal. Anyway I have printed out a sleeping trace that I recorded on the polar 4 years ago that shows an average overnight of 46 bpm with a floor level about 40. That might convince em.
I thought of doing a runner, but the problem is it is too hard to get out of the GTBR once underway if I decide it was a mistake. Plus I've got to consider my family. Some of the stuff on the web about these conditions and where they lead is scary. So I'm waiting for Mrs P to get home and break the news. Then I will be ordered
off to hospital pronto.
Have a great ride.