Our expert says:
Well done for completing your 17th Comrades. It is perfectly acceptable if you run hard up hill for your heart rate to reach 180, although this is a slightly higher maximum heart rate than most men your age. If you don’t have underlying heart disease, then there should be no problem with a high rate during strenuous exercise.
Training twice a day may be good for some professional athletes, but it sounds to me like you may be over training. Perhaps this was the cause of your original chronic fatigue problem? Your body needs time for rest and recovery as well as for strenuous and prolonged exertion. Best wishes for your 18th Comrades next year!
Kind regards and best wishes, JT
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