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Dec 7, 2002 1:00 AM
A friend of mine had cancer and was cured by a heavy chemotherapy.
Now he is fully recovered, and his pain tolerance has increased enormous.
For instance, he fell off a ladder, he had no pain whatsoever, his wife said that he placed his foot in a strange way, after two weeks he went to a doctor, examining him the doctor concluded that his leg was broken.
Another example: his maximum heart rate is 196 bpm, he is able to ride for more than 30 minutes at a heart rate above 190 bpm, without ever training interval. Before his treatment he was incapable of doing that (not that he makes great speed, average of 37km/hr).
The doctor said that there were other examples of people being treated with chemotherapy, damaging the nerve system in the way that their pain tolerance had become incredibly high.
Lance Armstrong?
Let me state that this IS NOT an accusement towards Lance Armstrong (nobody wants cancer and the fact that he is cured of it makes me think he will not mess with his health) but could it be an explanation of his really huge achievements in the Tour de France?
re: SOUNDS FAMILIAR?pnitefly
Dec 7, 2002 6:56 AM
Absolutely not! Anecdotal evidence about your "friend with cancer" doesn't apply to every case.

In his book, Lance even says his body has changed post cancer and anyone comparing before and after can see the difference. After focusing solely on cycling, Lance lost his triathlete body type and lost weight overall after his bout with cancer (chemo and radiation tx destroy healthy tissue along with cancerous). 1. Weight loss.

Lance also was exposed to excruciating pain on a regular basis and has even said "No amount of suffering on my bike can compare to the pain I experienced with cancer." I don't think he has a decreased sensitivity to pain. It sounds more like he knows what "real" pain is and how to manage it. 2. Ability to ride harder.

Imagine the rider you would be if you lost weight and learned to better gauge and control the burning/fatigue in your legs. In my case, I know I would be significantly faster. Throw in a V02 max in the mid to upper 70's (like Lance) and a training regiment from hell and you're going to be quite a road burner.

Many of Lance's doctors believe he had cancer his entire career. So, now that the cancer is resolved maybe he finally has the chance to be the rider he is meant to be. The funny thing is he was winning professional races with cancer running rampant through his body. That alone should be a testament to his resolve and talent.