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is riding at maximum exertion detrimental or dangerous(7 posts)

is riding at maximum exertion detrimental or dangerousishmael
Feb 7, 2002 4:51 PM
lemond said it...it was a response to an aspiring racer..i cant find the interview now, its on the web somewhere...he also tells of how healthy people with the flu have dropped dead from pushing too hard..
Huh?mr_spin
Feb 7, 2002 5:04 PM
This Lemond guy sounds like a nut. What's he ever done?

I'm no doctor, but I seriously doubt anyone has ever died solely from going too hard. It's more likely they had some health problem, like a bad heart or asthma, or maybe it wasn't the flu after all (anthrax?). Or whatever Kevin Costner had in that American Flyers movie (did they every explain it? An edema, perhaps?).

Going too hard all the time is detrimental. That's classic overtraining and it will ruin your season. But dangerous?
Oh yeah!cyclopathic
Feb 7, 2002 6:18 PM
I do it all the time ;-P

seriously if you slightly sick don't do it. I started BMB with light cold by the end of day 3 I was coughing up blood got pneumonia. Not that I gave up :)

I've heard similar things about 508 and RAAM one of the 508 winners went to ER right after finish line.

If you're lightly sick pushing hard will make you really sick.
re: detrimental or dangerous?guido
Feb 7, 2002 10:45 PM
That sounds like LeMond. He had the reputation of being a complainer in his glory days. Sure, if you go out with full-blown flu symptoms on a cold day and pump like mad to keep up with a bunch of hammerheads, you could return with pneumonia. But cycling teaches you to listen to your body. A little aerobic exercise might be just the ticket to hasten recovery from flu symptoms already on the wane. As Mr. Spin says, overtraining is another matter. Rest is as much a part of maintaining fitness as training.

20 years on the bike, I've never heard of anyone who died from pushing too hard, except once. A 70 year old man had a stroke an hour after doing a 10 mile time trial, but his quality of life was still a hell of alot better than his couch potato brethern slowly wasting away from cholesterol, hardening of the arteries and muscular atrophy. My father died getting up out of his chair.
I think that this is an interesting question, one that I thinkbill
Feb 8, 2002 8:02 AM
about more now that I'm in my forties. I believe that a regimen of moderate to occasionally moderately heavy exercise is extremely beneficial. I also believe that a steady diet of heavy exertion probably is going to wear on you and maybe even kill you prematurely -- that bodies are built for going pretty hard some of the time. But my consolation is that what most mere mortals think of as maximum exertion isn't really maximum exertion, so that, even though I get all sweaty and sucking wind and all sometimes, I'm not really redlining more than a few seconds here and there.
At twenty, I wouldn't worry about it. At forty? Hmm.
Life fitness or burn-out?guido
Feb 8, 2002 2:06 PM
One of the curious things I've noticed is how out of shape the pros seem to get after they retire in their early thirties. Eddy Merckx and Greg LeMond would look alot younger if they rode all that body fat off. What's going on? I ride with guys in their fifties who look fitter than these two fallen heroes. Burn-out from too much "maximum exertion?" Do the pros die early of enlarged hearts and cholesterol? Or, once you've ridden at the top of the heap, is it impossible to go back and just be one of the guys on the local club ride?
re: is riding at maximum exertion detrimental or dangerousMartin
Feb 8, 2002 2:32 PM
Actually exercising with the flu can kill you. Unlike a cold the flu virus can weaken and attack the heart. Also, ppl do die from the flu its just usually the elderly or the very young. I'm not one to talk because I have been known to exercise when sick but if I think it is the flu I will usually lay off and go for a walk instead.