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Turned a Corner(17 posts)

Turned a CornerKristin
Aug 21, 2001 7:25 AM
I appear to have reached a milestone of sorts. Three years ago, before I discovered cycling, going to the gym was a chore. Excercise was something I'd begrudge myself to do. I still don't enjoy climbing stairs to nowhere, but somethings different. Yesterday, too tired to get up and ride at 5:30am, I slept in. Rising at 6, I felt a strong need to get my heart rate going. (I had taken Sunday off.) I can't explain it, except to say that I made haste to the gym. I used to be lazy on the equipment too--feeling uncomfortable as my heart rate climbed. But now, keeping my heart rate going is something I NEED/WANT to do. The pain is worth the reward. This is a very good thing!!! I'm stoked!

Thanks for listening.
Hi, my name is Kristen, and I'm an addictpeloton
Aug 21, 2001 7:32 AM
It could be a lot worse, huh? Congratulations.
Just another adrenaline junkie! nmMB1
Aug 21, 2001 7:35 AM
You are SO there, girl! :-) (nm)Spinchick
Aug 21, 2001 7:42 AM
"Hi, Kristin..." (collective reply!) nmJon Billheimer
Aug 21, 2001 7:53 AM
Welcome to the fold...nm4bykn
Aug 21, 2001 9:02 AM
Endorphins & adrenaline feed the spirit and the bodyBreezydz
Aug 21, 2001 9:14 AM
I love biking chicks....Lou M
Aug 21, 2001 11:44 AM
re: Turned a Cornerharlett
Aug 21, 2001 11:51 AM
Two monks were arguing about the temple flag waving in the wind. One said, "The flag moves." They argued back and forth but could not agree. Hui-neng, the Sixth Patriarch, said: "Gentelmen! It is not the flag that moves. It is not the wind that moves. It is your mind that moves."
-rider's highfiltersweep
Aug 21, 2001 2:53 PM
I've felt ANYTHING but high running, and the impact doesn't do one bit to help my bad knees, but always have a rider's high (well, after the first ten minutes or so)... and I'm so much more relaxed afterwards. I still do the gym thing (at least when the weather isn't so great)... although I still HATE stationary bikes- so I mostly lift.
Aug 22, 2001 7:15 AM
Thanks for all the encouragement! Things just keep getting better. I had a great ride last night. Had two people to ride with and finished a really challenging sprint. Plus, the board is loading quickly again. Gregg, I don't know what you did, but I could kiss you!!

Question about endorphin's and such. What exactly is an endorphin rush or "high". Is this a mental condition that changes slowly over time (i.e. riding for months or years)? Or is this something that happens quickly (like an injection)? I'd love to hear some of the scientific mumbo-jumbo on this too. Chemically speaking, what is happening?

The only good I've "felt" on the bike comes along after a really hard effort. I get kinda shaky, but also feel really mellow and...kinda nice... Bummer it doesn't last long, because you've gotta start working again. :-)
EndorphinsJon Billheimer
Aug 22, 2001 8:09 AM
You just gave a good clinical description of the effect. Endorphins stands for "endogenous morphine," the body's own natural painkillers. They are neurotransmitters which are released following intense physical effort or trauma which block out pain and produce pleasurable sensations, e.g. "runners high". This effect accounts a lot for what sedentary folks view as our exercise addiction. But as my family doctor says, if you're gonna have an addiction this is a good one to have.
I pushed the red lever...Kristin
Aug 22, 2001 8:40 AM
Can I have another peice of cheese please?

Wow. This is very fascinating. It gives me alot to think about. So my desire to get a cardio workout is not really a desire for physical fitness as much as subconscious programed conditioning to the endorphins I was unaware of. Its why I'm beginning to dream about the hills I hate and sprint harder/farther than my rational mind says I want to. So this is what makes an athlete? (okay, I'm sure its only part of it.) Weird though.

I must ponder..................................................
(after I ride some more so this addiction gets a strong rooting)
I pushed the red lever...Jon Billheimer
Aug 22, 2001 11:09 AM
It starts out as one thing (rational desire to become fit, for health or appearance reasons) and ends up as something else (our own bio-engineered reward for hard work). Then there's the whole other subject of what makes an adrenaline junkie! here we come!!
Kind of makes you understand real junkies...Bruno S
Aug 22, 2001 12:21 PM
after all heroin is pure morphin. You can take 10 times more than your body can produce without even breaking a sweat.
Aug 22, 2001 2:55 PM
now bring some conscious thought to the process and you have a circle of good health/good feelings/awareness. By using the rhythm and depth of your breathing to help focus your concentration on what your body is doing as you bike you are bringing both your mind and your biological responses together.making the exercise one of wholeness. your mind-set has changed because of your bodies reaction to the increase of exercise and the associated stress/pain which causes the release of endorphins. the main drawback on relying on just the endorphin release to get us to that "high" is that our bodies also make enzymes, called endorphinase, which destroy the endorphins. With the addition of some mental/breathing exercises, such as yoga, we can structure the whole of the experience to be more than just an endorphin rush.
Thanks!!!Jon Billheimer
Aug 22, 2001 7:04 PM
Wow! You mean it can get better? I'd like to hear more. How about starting a new thread on the subject and give us some more info. I'm a feel good junkie!