Check out Ironheart racing to see there are almost no limits after you get the overhaul done. Go into surgery in great shape and afterward you will be amazed how much better it is. I had my bicuspid valve replaced with a mechanical valve, aneurysm repaired and one bypass at fifty eight, four years ago at Mayo Clinic. I had no symptoms other than I passed out after a 5k race. I never even knew I had a bicuspid valve until then. I ran my first ever marathon thirteen months after surgery. Last year I did three sprint triathlons, nine three mile to thirteen mile road races and the twin cities marathon. I now realize I was having trouble getting my breath the year before surgery. Now I can carry on a conversation while running. My cardiologist told me I now have a better heart than before, so go for it.
Good luck and lots of prayers,
Hi Brad, welcome to HVJ. It is an amazing community, we are all here for you. I had the same condition as you. I had surgery a year ago. I ran my first half marathon 8 months post op and am training for my next one in March. I am 48. Life is good for me post op. check out my journal or Adam's recent blog entry about me. Good luck and let me know if I can help you in anyway, I am in NYC.
We seem to share a diagnosis - and an interest in the "other (silly) concerns ... regarding skiing, mountain biking and roller coasters." You might take a look at the comments on my guest book from John O'Neill (it's from a few days ago) - he's one of several people who have figured out how to be active after their surgeries ...