Our expert says:
I'm curious about why the doctor thought that? You can't infer a maximum from a stress ECG and especially a normal ECG, so that's a bit of a stretch for him to suggest.
You can take great heart (pardon the pun) from the fact that your ECG was so normal as to be called perfect. That is good news, given your vertigo experience and the fact that you must have been concerned. It means there is no underlying condition that can prevent you from exercise, other than the fact that you trained while still suffering from flu.
Whether or not you have this great athletic potential, that's another question. It's very difficult, if not impossible, to predict athletic potential without actually observing someone at the limit of their performance. For example, a great rugby player or tennis champion is not spotted walking in the park. Similarly, it seems a stretch to say that you have a high VO2 max without actually measuring it. Then again, maybe he did a VO2 max test on you, I'm not sure what you did. But if it was just an ECG, then he's speculating.
However, he might be right, who knows? I guess once you're healthy, it's up to you to prove or disprove it! So I'd say go for it, take up the running and if you do have great potential, then you'll know it pretty soon!
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