Why have dozens of endurance athletes died in their sleep over the last few decades? How can a cyclist’s heart rate be slower than an elephant’s?
Elite cyclists have such extreme physiology and such abnormal cardiovascular systems that their hearts beat less than 30 times a minute. Combined with performance-enhancing drugs that makes their blood thick and gloopy with red blood cells, this spells a recipe for disaster.
The legendary ‘Il Pirata’, Marco Pantani, had to wake up in the night and cycle on a stationary bike to make sure his heart rate didn’t drop too low and cause a heart attack. During the day, he lived to ride…but at night, he rode to stay alive.
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The Death of Marco Pantani by Matt Rendell https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B009S8AV2M/ref=dp-kindle-redirect?_encoding=UTF8&btkr=1
Ross Tucker’s blog http://scienceofsport.blogspot.co.uk/2009/02/cyclist-dies-in-sleep.html
(current website http://sportsscientists.com/)
Tango de Manzana by Kevin MacLeod. Creative Commons licence, downloaded from http://incompetech.com/music/royalty-free/index.html?collection=15
Cycling footage (CC) – John Simpson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYqma2kHYbA
Mo Farah footage – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-pYRozSHn4&t=48s
Guardian – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NDG7k8wGYCU
Le Tour de France – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5EJUjd4WV-A
VO2 max – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7kn3mkO7Ec
Elite athletes – http://heart.bmj.com/content/98/12/947