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by Shane Stokes
December 15, 2017
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Having been confirmed this week as fully recovered from a cardiac arrhythmia necessitating surgery, Ramunas Navardauskas has explained how the heart issue affected his life and the concerns it caused.
“I kept moving,” he told Velon.cc, speaking about how he dealt with the situation. “I was on the bike every second or third day. Aside from that I was walking, or slow running, because I wasn’t allowed to go higher than a heart rate of 120. So all my training was super boring and super slow. Sometimes it felt so annoying, riding a bike and seeing all these older guys passing me!
“After the operation my heart rate was higher, but now I feel better and I’m chasing and passing those older guys. I’ve got the green light now and I feel a lot happier on the bike. Before I was a bit in ‘stress mode’ but now it’s getting better and better.”
The Lithuanian is a past winner of stages in the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia. Racing with the Bahrain-Merida team, he’s keen to get back into action as soon as possible. “I’ve had a lot of tests since the surgery. Since then, every test showed that everything is okay. But I had the thought in my head that I shouldn’t push myself too much.
“But the last test I had, last week, two doctors said: ‘OK, you’re ready to go.’ There are no side effects, so I can start training harder, and it’s perfect that now we’re at the training camp in Croatia. It will be really helpful for me to see where my level is. I haven’t raced for six months but the timing of this training camp is great.” He is expected to return to racing in next month’s Santos Tour Down Under.
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