So, I’ve had an idea for an Olympic event. I call it the 1km Heartbeat Race.
The idea is simple – the winner of the race is the person who runs (or walks) 1km whilst using the LEAST number of heartbeats to do it, without coming last in the entire race.
You can go as fast or as slow as you like, the strategy is up to you, but you must try to keep your heartbeat down during the entire race. I think it would be pretty fun. The big question is: Is there any gain in walking, does your heart rate decrease enough to make it worthwhile? Do let me know if you try it.
It does turn out there could be some very unlikely winners, take this chap with a resting heart rate of 26 beats per minute: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2629213/Pensioner-81-records-worlds-slowest-heart-beat-resting-heart-rate-lower-elite-athletes-elephants.html – but of course the athletes will have to keep their calm and composed and their nerves under control in the stadium!
In the mean time, GIVE ME YOUR MONEY, etc, etc.