Resting Heart Rate

All these guys with low resting heart rates are killing me. In my 20 years of racing, no matter how rested I am and no matter how many miles I put in. I usually put in 150-170 or about 9 hours. My resting pulse never goes below 68-72. My racing heart rate is usually in the 170-180 range with peaks of 194. Should I just give up because of my high resting heart rate or not pay attention to it?

B. Polhemus

Dave Palese replies:

Brian, don't get caught up in the numbers. Resting heart rate is affected by many more factors then just training volume. Remember, you train to improve your performance in events, not to lower your resting heart rate. If your performance in events is improving, then you are doing something right and should keep at it.