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Are you an addict?(17 posts)

Are you an addict?peloton
Sep 13, 2001 8:01 PM
Serious question. Are you addicted to cycling, or just exercise in general? Do you feel strange or bad on days in which you don't work out? Do you even feel depressed if you can't ride or exercise? A lot of cyclists and athletes are obsessive/compulsive types. This is what brings elite athletes and hard core amatuers to work out the way they do. Does anyone else feel this way?

I didn't ride today in case you couldn't guess.
So?Me Dot Org
Sep 13, 2001 8:06 PM
Well, not as bad as some, I'm sure. I can take a day off, no problem, but if I don't ride for 3 days in a row, I start to feel a little panicky...
re: Are you an addict?DINOSAUR
Sep 13, 2001 8:11 PM
It's cycling for me. I have other ways I could stay in shape that would work just as well and take less time. I couldn't ride for three days last week as I had some type of bug. I finally forced myself to get on my bike and I felt great as soon as I started to spin the crank. I don't know if I felt bad because I had the flu, or if it was because I had not been riding. I think I just needed my daily fix...
re: Are you an addict?Allen az
Sep 13, 2001 8:17 PM
Yeah, I would say I'm addicted. My grades @ school have started to slip, probably because Iv'e been day-dreaming about my future bike (LOOK KG381i BTW). & I do feel guilty if I don't ride. In my Bike log that I keep, for every day that I don't ride, I write down (instead of the miles) "I'm a lazy a**!".

I didn't ride today either. & I have no excuse.
re: Are you an addict?Andy M-S
Sep 14, 2001 5:45 AM
I also feel bad when I don't breath.
Yah, sure, you betcha nmMel Erickson
Sep 14, 2001 6:14 AM
"Yah, sure, you betcha" = Ballard Bitter? Right, Mel? (nm)RhodyRider
Sep 14, 2001 8:35 AM
Yah, sure, you betcha nmMel Erickson
Sep 14, 2001 10:32 AM
My wife says so!!!!DE
Sep 14, 2001 6:16 AM
Maybe I'm in denial.?!
difference between addiction and obsession?Dog
Sep 14, 2001 6:28 AM
I don't really know. All I do know is that I really like doing it, and start going nuts if I don't. I think about it nearly every waking moment, plan my life around it, eat for it, spend tons of money on it, waste my time here discussing it, hmm.

I prefer to think of it as dedicated - a conscious decision. Addiction implies a helpless giving in to something. I choose to do this.

Most definitions of addiction talk about powerlessness.......(nmLen J
Sep 14, 2001 6:46 AM
re: Are you an addict?Delia
Sep 14, 2001 6:33 AM
When I can't bike, I run, when I can't do either (weather, illness, work-out related muscle pains etc. I give myself a day off). More than 2 days off a week and I'm cranky and restless. I feel like a lazy-a$$ on days that I don't do something active. But in comparison with some people who are ultra-mega-hardcore (and you know who you are), even my most intense workout weeks are nothing but 'recovery' weeks to them. I guess there are degrees of addiction.
re: Are you an addict?Jon
Sep 14, 2001 8:10 AM
YEP! All the classic symptoms if I miss more than one day. I adhere to the self-medication theory
of exercise. In fact I have a genetic predisposition to depression. I also don't metabolize antidepressants
well. So my doctor--who is a runner--told me that I have no choice but to continue cycling or running
to manage my tendencies. I can think of a lot worse conditions to have, because I truly love riding
my bike.

P.S. BTW, Doug Sloan, of ALL people you are a classic, extreme example! So no more equivocation
No. It's more that I don't have a life!mr_spin
Sep 14, 2001 8:03 AM
I am not great at self-motivation, so it is hard sometimes to get out and ride. I'm pretty good at getting rides in during the week, but I am nowhere near the obsessive stage. I manage to motivate myself by coming up with difficult goals, which gives me a reason (excuse) to go out and ride.

When I do ride, I rarely phone it in. I don't see the point in going out and just toodling along, certainly not if I am riding alone. I take it seriously, as the benefits are obvious to me. Every year I get better. This year especially, I am riding faster and stronger and longer than ever before.

If I were in a relationship right now, it would be different. No question. There are more important things! But I'd never give it all up. It's always going to be a long ride on the weekend, and short rides after work during the week. That's who I am, for better or for worse.
re: Yesdzrider
Sep 14, 2001 10:13 AM
Except for a back injury in 1998 I've exercised 6 days a week for years. Most nights I fall asleep thinking about my morning workout and most mornings I wake up at 5:00 and do it. I move back and forth between running and cycling, and as I get older seem to want to do longer and longer events. I feel blessed to have been given this addiction rather than others that I've flirted with. Other than wasting time thinking about it, I don't suffer much for it.
re: Are you addicted?Ken56
Sep 14, 2001 11:05 AM
No, I'm sorry to say. I like to keep in shape, but sometimes lack motivation. I'm 56 years old and have many other interests outside of cycling. My wife and I travel a lot, and when we're away on vacation for one week, two weeks, I almost never miss it. I wish I had the compulsion/dedication that many of you do, but sadly, I just don't. I will not ride in cold weather for instance. The riding just isn't worth it to me. I also won't ride in the dark with lights. I tried that once and never again. So basically I'm a fair weather rider from April to October. From October to April, I'm in the gym 3 nights a week and at home 3 other days on the bike trainer and treadmill. I push myself when I am on the bike though, I am always trying to get better. Each year I see some improvement. But it will probably always be just one of many things that I do.
Am I? You tell me.Elefantino
Sep 14, 2001 9:33 PM
On 7/7, I had a horrible crash, broke my neck and severely bruised my spinal cord. I almost died. (I apologize for those of you who've read about my crash ad nauseum, but I'm proud to say I'm still around.) Now, two months later, I have a new rebuilt carbon frame from Trek (thanks, guys!), a new Specialized helmet (ditto!) and I'm counting the days until my surgeon, who thinks I'm a litle odd for thinking about it because of my diminished hand use, will remove my neck brace so I can get back on the bike.
My wife, mom and in-laws think I'm a little irresponsible to just hop right back on. But I'm already doing trainer work in the family room. I can't wait for the road again.
During my rehab, I watched the TdF in the morning, at 3 p.m. and at night. Now working part-time (until I get off the massive armounts of drugs I'm taking and until I can drive myself to work), I'm watching the Vuelta every night instead of the NYC/DC tragedy.
If I'm addicted, I guess I'm proud to be. If I'm just crazy, well, ditto.