Heartrate before and after riding a roller coaster

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    Dec 12, 2010 2:45 AM GMT
    So, last night at Six Flags, before riding The Titan (255 ft drop, 85 mph max. velocity) I used a heartrate app on my phone to check my pulse. I could feel my heart beating hard as I was waiting for the ride, so I was curious what it would: 135 bpm, according to the app.

    Immediately after the ride, I checked again out of curiosity, thinking it would be very high after all the excitement: 49 bpm, this time. icon_question.gif
    I checked three times to be sure, and each time it was near this number.

    Just curious; does this sound normal, maybe the effect of adrenaline wearing off? It just seems like a huge drop off in a span of 3-4 minutes....
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    Dec 12, 2010 12:00 PM GMT
    quite normal, your heart was racing in anticipation, out of fear of what is going to come.
    During the actual experience your heart rate would have peaked and then after the ride is over you know that the ride is over you are no longer feeling any anticipation or fear of the ride now since it;s over so your body relaxed and stopped preparing it's self.

    it's perfectly natural but I wouldn't trust an iphone heart rate app unless it's connected to an actual heart rate monitor.
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    Dec 12, 2010 2:27 PM GMT
    Ok, screw cardio. Seems like roller coaster rides are more effective. icon_lol.gif
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    Dec 12, 2010 2:28 PM GMT
    i agree with benji, it was the anxiety of waiting for the ride, when ur off ur relaxed and happy (if all went well)
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    Dec 12, 2010 3:04 PM GMT
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    Dec 12, 2010 4:33 PM GMT
    ScottCLE said


    Man I love this thing. Sure, that first drop is scarier than the thought of palin as president someday, but after that its all good. We rode it 4 times and I couldve ridden it 4 more.
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    Dec 12, 2010 4:36 PM GMT
    lilTanker said
    I wouldn't trust an iphone heart rate app


    Iphone? *gag* icon_lol.gif

    Actuallu I have a Droid X, but youre right, the monitor isnt 100% Im sure.
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    Dec 12, 2010 4:44 PM GMT
    Man, just watching that made my heart rate go up!
    I'm such a whiny pussy when I am waiting in the line to get on a coaster, but when the ride is over, I'm ready to do it again!
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    Dec 12, 2010 4:53 PM GMT
    It sounds like you experienced what's known as the baroreceptor reflex, which actually works to control your blood pressure (your heart is one aspect of your body that controls your blood pressure). In the beginning you had an adrenaline-induced high heart rate/blood pressure, but once the adrenaline stopped (when the ride stopped), your body sent a signal to your brain when it recognized that your blood pressure was way too high. Your brain automatically lowered your heart rate to compensate for your high blood pressure.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baroreflex

    You experience a similar baroreceptor reflex (albeit to a much lesser degree and in the opposite direction) when you stand up after lying down for a while - your blood pressure immediately drops when you stand and your HR shoots up.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orthostatic_hypotension
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    Dec 12, 2010 5:13 PM GMT
    SAHEM62896 saidMan, just watching that made my heart rate go up!
    I'm such a whiny pussy when I am waiting in the line to get on a coaster, but when the ride is over, I'm ready to do it again!


    You think that's something? That's practically nothing compared to the Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Ridge; 420 ft drop and 120 mph top speed.icon_eek.gif

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    Dec 12, 2010 5:16 PM GMT
    mm98 saidIt sounds like you experienced what's known as the baroreceptor reflex, which actually works to control your blood pressure (your heart is one aspect of your body that controls your blood pressure). In the beginning you had an adrenaline-induced high heart rate/blood pressure, but once the adrenaline stopped (when the ride stopped), your body sent a signal to your brain when it recognized that your blood pressure was way too high. Your brain automatically lowered your heart rate to compensate for your high blood pressure.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baroreflex


    Gotta love the human body and its complexity. Thanks for this, sounds fascinating. icon_smile.gif
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    Dec 12, 2010 6:11 PM GMT
    Dragster IS a great ride. My partner and I dock our boat in Cedar Point's marina. So, we're there every weekend from May to November. My two favorite things are amusement parks and boating...and I have them both in the same place. =)

    I went on a Texas park tour about 6 years ago...Astroworld(RIP), Six Flags Over Texas, Sea World Texas and Six Flags Fiesta Texas. GREAT trip! I had to have hit my target heart rate a lot. Texans were incredibly polite and welcoming. And lots of the men were pretty hot. I'd go back there in a second. =)
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    Dec 12, 2010 9:57 PM GMT
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    SAHEM62896 saidMan, just watching that made my heart rate go up!
    I'm such a whiny pussy when I am waiting in the line to get on a coaster, but when the ride is over, I'm ready to do it again!


    You think that's something? That's practically nothing compared to the Top Thrill Dragster at Cedar Ridge; 420 ft drop and 120 mph top speed.icon_eek.gif


    Oh I know all about this ride... I used to live in Ohio about 30 minutes from Cedar Point.... another one where I would be a whiny bitch during the wait and then go hootin' and hollerin' about how cool it was after.
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    Dec 12, 2010 10:03 PM GMT
    ScottCLE said


    That looks just like Goliath in Six Flags Magic Mountain.
    It even has the same color scheme.
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    Dec 13, 2010 9:59 AM GMT
    Same manufacturer, pretty much the same as Goliath. Goliath opened in 2000. Titan opened in 2001. Both are great.=)