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Smoking and Being a Pro(13 posts)

Smoking and Being a ProQUiTSPiNiNArOuND
Jun 4, 2002 10:14 AM
I have never smoked before, or even picked up a cigerette. I've never smoked marijuana or anything like that. But my mom smokes a lot, i dont live with her now, but since i was 0-12 yrs. old i have been exposed to it. Does this make a huge huge difference, will i never make cat races. I love cycling, and my hearts all for it, but do i really have a chance...? Thanks for your thoughts!
re: Smoking and Being a ProDragon33
Jun 4, 2002 10:21 AM
Don't worry you'll be fine. Just ride and train hard to be what you want to be.
might make some differenceColnagoFE
Jun 4, 2002 10:27 AM
but i doubt it has killed your chances of being a pro. plus i know quite a few people who smoke the evil weed and can still kick my butt in a race. seems more common among MTBers...either tobacco or pot is probably not a good thing for any aerobic activity though if that's what you're asking.
Nil effect,TJeanloz
May 31, 2002 12:25 PM
I know a few pros who are quite well regarded who have a bit of a nicotine habit. It doesn't seem to effect their racing. It really isn't that uncommon among mid-level pros.
I think the lungs are the most resilient organ, besides....tronracer
Jun 4, 2002 10:44 AM
the liver. Or so I've heard. Ever hear the story of the guy with one lung who wins marathons. Might be an uraban legend, but who knows.
Day 87 and goin' strongRoyGBiv
Jun 4, 2002 11:34 AM
I quit a pack-a-day habit three months ago. Can't say it has revolutionized my spinning, but recovery is a whole lot smoother.
(Perversely, I sometimes miss a smoke break out on the country route. There was a place that was peaceful, almost heavenly, on those Sunday mornings at dawn. Picture it: A guy and his Colnago, birds chirping, calm country air, smoking a Winston Weird, eh?)
keep going!!! nmweiwentg
Jun 4, 2002 11:43 AM
keep going!!! nmgarhead
Jun 4, 2002 12:00 PM
I've been known to enjoy a good Cuban cigar. :) :)
quit a 2pack a day habit in march so i'm with you!!!aet
Jun 4, 2002 12:08 PM
The cravings are a killer.RoyGBiv
Jun 4, 2002 12:21 PM
But I"ve learned that they last just a minute or two. If you can somehow distract yourself for 90 seconds - even if it's turning around and talking to your workmate about the terrible craving - it will go away. Till next time.

Hey good luck. When you think about it, smokng is a stupid concept.
it can be done...10 year smokerColnagoFE
Jun 4, 2002 12:37 PM
Haven't smoked for over 10 years now though I will have to admit to one or two butts since then...usually after way too many beers, but the good thing is it usually only reinforces the fact that I'm glad I quit and I feel way sick the next morning from them! The first year was the key for me--tried to quit many times only to take it up a month or so later. Had to go COLD TURKEY for a year before I stopped really thinking about having one--especially after beers. Make it past a year and you'll be cruising. Funny thing though...if not for the smell and the health reasons to quit I'd probably still be smoking. I liked the destressing feeling of it. I suppose smoking becomes sort of a ritual for you after you smoke a while and you do sometimes miss that.
You'll be fine.Len J
Jun 4, 2002 12:56 PM
I spent the first 21 yrs of my like living with chain-smoking parents and was still able to compete at a high level.

BTW, Lungs do recover when smoking ceases. Nota ll the way bake but somewhat.

Len
Whatever Your Mind Can Conceive Your Body Will AchieveJOM
Jun 4, 2002 2:25 PM
QUiTSPiNiNArOuND,
The truly great ones rise above because of a strong mind and heart - despite of their bodies. Just look at the winners of the tour, SEAL's, and other high endurance people.
Enough said