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Well, that sucked.

I went to the gym, but had to cut it short.

While I was doing cardio on the cross-trainer, the heart rate monitor suddenly started going nuts, jumping back and forth between 120, 178, 132, etc., then it dropped to 100. Not long after that, the machine cranked the resistance way up to get my heart rate up, and before long, I couldn't move the handles, so I stopped, and cleaned the machine off. At that point, I noticed that I was shaking a bit, and wheezing. Breathing became more difficult, and I started to get dizzy. I had to stop in a heap against a wall to make it back to the change room where my inhaler was. I haven't had an asthma attack in a couple years - I believe it's the pollution/heat/humidity that does it. The inhaler helped enough to get me mobile again, but I'm still feeling like poop.


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Jun. 30th, 2005 11:10 pm (UTC)
Weird. Me too. Exposed to Outside for a little while, almost fell over on my return. Still feel shaky. What -- is something pollinating? Some major pollutant in the air? The heat? Sheesh. :(

Jul. 1st, 2005 12:16 am (UTC)
The weird thing is, I checked the AQI when I got home, and while it's bad, it's been worse this summer. Maybe it is pollen or something...
Jul. 2nd, 2005 03:49 pm (UTC)
Dude, when those heart rate monitors stop working, you've got to either stop using the machine or change the settings to something not heart-rate dependent.

I don't think it has anything to do with the heat or humidity. I had a malfunctioning heart-rate monitor on a cardio machine a couple of years ago and tried to "work through" it. The machine reacts by trying to make the workout more difficult and raise your heart rate. The problem is that you're probably already in the zone it should be in, and you end up with a far-too-strenuous cardio workout.

I felt dizzy and stuff after I gave up, too. Heart rate dropped back into a normal range, and body went "whoa. That was bad." Perfectly normal.
Jul. 3rd, 2005 12:49 am (UTC)
Usually, when the herat rate monitor stops working, I just take my hands off the monitors, and the machine eventually stops trying to get me to reach a specific heart rate. If I'm more than half way through, I'll just keep going rather than lose time to machine switching. The asthma attack was a special bonus, though.
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