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Does cycling keep you sane?(30 posts)

Does cycling keep you sane?peloton
Jun 11, 2002 7:09 PM
I have been wondering about this one lately. Does anyone else here notice that they are a generally better adjusted person when they are riding a lot? I've been off my bike a LOT this season so far with random problems- tendinitis, a stress fracture, illness, etc. Combine this with life issues- work, school, girlfriend (well, not anymore), and so on. I ridden maybe three times in the past 8 days, and my attitude sucks (for lack of a better word). The brain, serotonin, and exercise are a funny combination. I need to get healthy and get some miles and races in.

Anyone else feel like riding keeps them sane?
It might if I could ever DO it!Humma Hah
Jun 11, 2002 7:36 PM
It's 11:38 PM as I write this, about to leave work. I'll drive the truck home (I leave it here for errands and emergencies).

I usually try to get in about 70 miles a week of commuting, plus whatever else I can sneak in. This week's shaping up for 30 if I'm lucky. Last week I think I mangaged 15. Its driving me NUTS!

Now, a couple of weeks ago, when I got in well over 100, I felt tolerably human. If I could get in my 70 this week and then do MB1's ride this weekend, I'm sure I'd feel pure joy and contentment.

I love my job, but the last couple of weeks have been ... insane.
re: Does cycling keep you sane?MVN
Jun 11, 2002 7:55 PM
If I don't get to ride at least 50 miles a week (the time spent in Grad. School prohibits any more than that and sometimes not even that!) I get cranky. Right now it's shaping up to be about 30 miles a week if I'm lucky, which means I only have time to ride on the weekends specifically Sunday (work Saturday). Oh well, this will be over temporarily August 8th. Then I'll have 3 weeks to ride every day before the next semester starts. If I can just hold out until then!
Jun 11, 2002 8:52 PM
I don't think I'd go insane, but it does help clear the mind of everyday problems.
sANe ? BwAhaHAAHaA...rwbadley
Jun 11, 2002 9:01 PM
It sure seems to help. I know that after a day or two of NO Ride (during outdoor season) I get rather fidgity and cranky. A ride does many things that blow out the cobwebs in mind and body

practice amnesiaharlett
Jun 12, 2002 1:59 AM
or maybe just stop working and studying and spend your days lying on a beach eating fresh papayas and mangos.. *S*

peloton..... i think an accumulation of stress hormones is something that is a given, a price to pay for life and all its tests-- i try to not think about being helpless about doing anything about it--

isn't our stress response system 'devised' to get the body moving. heart rate increases, blood vessels dilate, blood pressure rises to 180/40 as we sprint away from some wild beast that is wanting us for a meal-- i think we should utilize the stress response system in the way it was intended, raising our heart rate and using our bodies muscles to take us to aerobic hell--

don't our bodies react to aerobic exercise much the same way they do to stressful situations-- the main difference being. with psychological stress your pulse has no where to go but upward and with exercise when your finished your heart rate decreases naturally and calms you..don't forget about those nice endorphins delightful they are in elevating mood and fighting depression--

of course, removing the stressors in life would be one solution. (something tells me that's not going to happen for any of us). so exercise really is the most compassionate thing we can do for our sanity--

soooooo......think lion.think chase.get on your bike and ride fast--


sorry to hear of the relationship're a good person.i hope a good relationship is around the next corner for you--
Where is the beach? Let's go!MB1
Jun 12, 2002 5:32 AM
I'm thinking a nice palm tree shaded beach in Bora Bora. String a net hammock between a couple of trees and sip on a nice ice filled glass of Passion Orange juice.

No phones, pagers, faxes, PCs or auto traffic.

We'll be waiting for you.
Maui, so we can ride Haleakala nmDougSloan
Jun 12, 2002 5:40 AM
Haleakala was boring, I'll be at Makena Big Beach.MB1
Jun 12, 2002 5:57 AM
I've ridden up Haleakala several times, it was fun but hard.

Last spring we rode our tandem down Haleakala. The rangers were out enforcing the speed limit. No fun at all, we nearly smoked our disk brake. The only ride we didn't enjoy on Maui.

To make up for it we rode out to Hana twice-now that is the ride to do on Maui. We could meet at 7 Pools for a dip.

Lets go!
re: Does cycling keep you sane?vitusdude
Jun 12, 2002 4:05 AM
No. But it has kept me out of jail, so far.
Cycling and mental health5ive
Jun 12, 2002 4:44 AM
I don't know about averyone else's experience, but riding this past winter I've noticed that it nearly completely cured my seasonal depression disorder. I've played soccer and basketball in the past winters before and they never had any positive impact on me like cycling did. For this reason alone, I'll keep riding as long as my body will allow.
Jun 12, 2002 5:21 AM
All I know is that I start going nuts if I can't do it, even if I can do it as long and hard as I'd like to. I start feeling useless and cooped up, like the walls are closing in, like someone is poisoning my food, like the thing in the closet knows I'm not as strong to defend against it... You know the feeling.
Let me see....I think it has the opposite effect...bnlkid
Jun 12, 2002 5:51 AM
Who in their right mind would think it perfectly ok spend $3000 on a new bike(3 times in 3 years), but get ticked off when we have to spend $30 on an oil change. Or a better comparison might be spending $50 on tires for the bike that will last 1500-2000 miles but try to get Tires Plus to drop the price on their 50,000 mile $40 tires.

Who in their right mind would consider it a great ride after their lungs almost burst.

Who in their right mind would look at a 20% grade hill and think, man that would be fun to climb.

Has cycling kept me sane? No, but it has sure made me a lot happier.
to an outsider?DougSloan
Jun 12, 2002 6:04 AM
We're only insane to noncyclists.

Insanity -- a perfectly rational adjustment to an insane world. R. D. Lang

There's a fine line between genius and insanity. I have erased this line. Oscar Levant

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Albert Einstein

In all matters of opinion, our adversaries are insane. Oscar Wilde

When dealing with the insane, the best method is to pretend to be sane. Hermann Hesse

Sanity is a cozy lie. Susan Sontag

I don't really trust a sane person. Lyle Alzado

Ordinarily he was insane, but he had lucid moments when he was merely stupid. Heinrich Heine

Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you. C.G. Jung

Dreaming (cycling) permits each and every one of us to be quietly and safely insane every night (day) of our lives. William Dement

question, by the wayDougSloan
Jun 12, 2002 6:06 AM
Who took care of Forrest Gump's house when he was out running for 3 years?
question, by the wayt-bill
Jun 12, 2002 7:20 AM
I have wondered that many times... I just watched it last week, and thought... who's going to mow the lawn now?
Along the same lines.bnlkid
Jun 12, 2002 7:25 AM
If the fence on the island in King Kong was meant to keep the big gorilla out, why did they make a door big enough for him to walk through?

To make sure I don't claim this as my own, I saw that question on this message board a while back.
Jung is a favorite of mine.bnlkid
Jun 12, 2002 6:28 AM
Do you have all those quotes memorized? There seems to be a quote from Mark Twain missing in that list, but I can't quite remember what it is.

I think there is also a quote that only a sane man will recognize his insanity.

I wish I could focus on work today, but all I'm thinking about is riding.
not to pick nits...but it's R.D. "Laing" (nm)ColnagoFE
Jun 12, 2002 7:13 AM
here you goDougSloan
Jun 12, 2002 10:10 AM

re: More like an outlet for the insanity.dzrider
Jun 12, 2002 6:02 AM
It has to go somewhere so I put it to exercise. The excess energy, appetites, and addictive tendencies are all relieved through exercise. Cycling works even better than running by providing opportunities to feed the hunger for new toys. I'm no more sane, but a lot less destructive!
it is hard to worry about problems when you are in...aet
Jun 12, 2002 6:56 AM
the middle of a hard climb or a real fast interval ro one hour into an easy spin ride. the bike helps me tolerate all the other stuff in life i do not like.
Jun 12, 2002 7:10 AM
i have had episodes of depression in the past and cycling works a lot better than zoloft for me. there gets to be a point though of diminishing returns. you can cycle too much and run yourself down.
Didn't work for Ron or Nick, butSnowBlind
Jun 12, 2002 7:12 AM
I used to take a Prozac like drug to help with the seasonal depression, wich started in Nov and lasted until March or April. Riding has smoothed that out. When I can ride into work it is almost impossible to get me wound up or ticked off, I just have a good day all day.

I really do get depressed when I cannot ride. Earlier this spring I sprained my ankle really good (or bad, depending). After 2 weeks off the bike the wife wanted a devorce.
Oh well, guess I am addicted...
everyone thinks I'm crazyDuane Gran
Jun 12, 2002 7:25 AM
Even though my family and non-cycling friends think I'm crazy, I actually think it helps keep my sanity. Go figure?
Oh, heck yeah- Not to mention,rideslikeagirl
Jun 12, 2002 7:27 AM

And, boy, what it does for the sex drive!! ;-)

Pretty big turn-on to kick your boyfriend/husbands butt for 30 miles and come home nice and sweaty!

(ya gotta excuse me - too much coffee this morning!)
Jun 12, 2002 8:20 AM
used to be running, now it's riding, running and swimming.. without regular workouts I get so depressed I can barely move. I figure riding is a better addiction than Prozac..

just got out of hospital (meningitis), lost 10lbs so now weigh 150 at 6'1", a bit light. Having trouble breaking out of the fatigue/depression cycle. Maybe I'll just ride 5 miles very slowly.. ah well.
Cycling: my healthy obsessionMr Good
Jun 12, 2002 9:20 AM
In the past my wife has said "you have a problem, you're completely obsessed with riding that bike." To which I reply "Yes dear, but it's a healthy obsession, and I like it that way!"

I definitely have my priorities mixed up, with cycling coming before career, etc. But I'm very happy this way, and absolutely miserable and hateful if I spend day after day in a corporate cubicle. So am I sane? Well, I'm happy, and I don't bother anyone else, and I love life when I log a lot of miles on my bike.
No, it makes me uni-dimensional and compulsive (nm)Alex-in-Evanston
Jun 12, 2002 9:56 AM
re: Does cycling keep you sane?cycleguy
Jun 12, 2002 11:32 PM
It has kept me from going over the edge the last last five years since my wife passed away. It's more then just a way to drain all the neg. charges that life brings. It's, as many have said. The most pure for of trans., exercise, that has and will ever be.