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What has cycling done for you?(24 posts)

What has cycling done for you?lotterypick
Oct 2, 2003 2:49 PM
You know I got back into riding (since July) and I've been working hard, because it's an area I know I can do well in and love putting out the effort to get better.

That's great for the solo thing, but I've also met great people who have come along side of me and encouraged me and helped me get stronger.

I've discovered another great thing about it. Kind of unexpected.

I play basketball at a pretty high level (back in the day I was asked to play for UCLA). Any way, I've been playing in this game for 4 years now and you kind of settle into a certain rhythm and style.

People have been coming up to me and saying that I've been playing differently over the last month.

It's been true that I've noticed that I'm just finishing much stronger, meaning making shots, but never thought of why the difference.

Now I get it. It's because I'm just stronger and have better endurance. My shot has solid legs to shoot from and my attacks and defense are just more direct. It's all because of riding.

I think riding has upped my endurance which has stopped me from floating on some shots. ANother benefit is I've noticed I look leaner.

I'm a thinish person but I just noticed today that I look leaner in a stronger way. So maybe the slight change in weight also has helped my endurance.

All in all, cycling has been great all by itself, but seeing that it's changing my hoops game is just awesome.

By the way, I'm moving up the draft board....I might be a lotterypick soon even at only 6'2" and 39 years old.
Stong legs, tight butt and happy wife nmgtscottie
Oct 2, 2003 2:59 PM
fitness and space (nm)Rich_Racer
Oct 2, 2003 3:09 PM
It's made me a really poor runner ( nm )superdog
Oct 2, 2003 4:27 PM
I understand, me too!! lol (nm)TNSquared
Oct 3, 2003 9:48 AM
Helped keep me sane!jjdbike
Oct 2, 2003 4:45 PM
Not only do I love it and get a great deal of joy from it, I have made some great friends, gotten in the best shape of my life, and been better able to cope w/ life's inevidable speedbumps.
re: What has cycling done for you?toomanybikes
Oct 2, 2003 4:59 PM
rode like a demon till I was 36 - then - new job - moved - kids- etc.

Took cycling back up at age 42 - since then (18 months ago) lost 40 pounds ( back to my university racing weight), dropped four inches off my waist, more stamina, better work, happier daddy, happier family - what can I say - great things come with bikes!!!!
Allows me to be a kid, while pretending to be an adult...biknben
Oct 2, 2003 6:53 PM
In some ways, it's my "fountain of youth".

Exploration is what makes being a kid so much fun. A child will often do something without knowing the possible outcome. They do this continuously as they grow up.

On a bike, I'm continuously exploring. Not neccesarily geography. I'm exploring the limits of traction during a turn. The limits of my speed on a downhill. The limits of my abilities. It takes me back to my youth.
Ditto....My regret is the footballspluti
Oct 2, 2003 7:49 PM
hydroplanes, marriages, project cars, etc. that I dabbled in between childhood and my first road bike as an adult.
I can't believe how stupid I was. Now I can eat 100 miles for breakfast and still feel like a kid.
I agree alsobimini
Oct 3, 2003 8:11 AM
As a teenager back in the 70's cycling changed me from a pudgy adolecent to a lean mean peddling machine that could not be beat. I did 10K miles a year on my bike back then and could do a 24 mile TT in about an hour (not bad back then).

As I got older cycling was something I did now and then. Got pudgy off and on. Always solved by running or some other excercise.

Started cycling again fairly seriously about 4 years ago and real serious the last couple of years. I have gotten most of my old speed back (but part of it is due to much better equipment than I had back in the 70's). I yeah, now I can be beat, but I do have respectable finishes at the races for an old fart.

I'm just a few pounds more than I was back then. It helps with the self image and health when approaching the big 50.

As far as the relationship with the wife, she thinks I have gotten a little carried away. I put in 800+ miles a month and it's clearly more than just exercise. But, fortunately she tollerates me and the bike and my latest obsession.
helped me lose 50lbs, and lighten my wallet considerably! nm :-)Tower
Oct 2, 2003 7:20 PM
re: What has cycling done for you?RobNZ
Oct 2, 2003 7:48 PM
Lost 30kgs & became a lot fitter (sensible eating played a part here)

Started to enjoy the outdoors - then really enjoy the outdoors (mostly mountainbiking), and break my habits of playing PC games etc indoors a lot.

Sleep better, feel healthier, get up earlier, get to work earlier, less sick days, better work performance.

Met my partner (spin class) :)
Recently purchased a road bike to cycle with my partner.

All in 2 years...

First century ride approaching fast in late November (Taupo, NZ).

Well i really dont like rainy days any more, it never used to bother me :)
Not enough room in my (single garage) and flat - 5 bikes, plus parts etc at the moment!
ITB strain causing knee pain - working on it with physio.
re: What has cycling done for you?yellowspox
Oct 2, 2003 7:59 PM
I started cycling at 57 and I've never been in better shape. I'm off all BP medication after being on it for 20 years. I was also able to drop the Lipitor for good. My weight only dropped about 15 pounds but it got distibuted a lot better. All of this lead to working out in the winter, yoga to improve flexibility, and a great new bunch of friends to share the ride. I'm sure there are lots of bass and walleye with less fear in there lives these days.LOL
re: What has cycling done for you?aliensporebomb
Oct 2, 2003 8:13 PM
Stronger legs and body, longer endurance, and I don't pant
when doing quick exertion anymore.

And my wife's friends check out my legs! heh.
re: What has cycling done for you?koala
Oct 3, 2003 2:19 AM
It has given this 47 year old child his health back(and I look good according to my friends) and it soothes my soul to ride in the beautiful surroundings of upstate N.Y. If only it would stay warmer longer....
gotten me from point 'a' to point 'b'. nmSteve_0
Oct 3, 2003 3:28 AM
One more thing ...toomanybikes
Oct 3, 2003 5:46 AM
... I'm sure it's given me another 20 years wih my kids that is priceless.
Oct 3, 2003 6:32 AM
Better health and the reminder that having health makes everything else easy. Also the appreciation of simplier things :)
Oct 3, 2003 7:12 AM
Got me around without a car as a teen. Gave me greater confidence as a young adult doing my first "Double" then a solo tour from CA to Canada and back one summer.
Kept me healthy and strong. Helped me meet fit and sexy women, one of which is my current life partner. We met at the Fairfax Thanksgiving MTB ride 7 years ago.
It also taught me that that I have more mechanical ability than I think at times.
eaten all of my time & created a hole in my pocket!_rt_
Oct 3, 2003 7:57 AM
cycling has...

taught me to get up before the sun...because i want to.

given me a low impact athletic hobby...except when i crash

taken me to places i would never have gone otherwise: Moab, UT; Fruita, CO; Dahlonega, GA; Boone, NC; Spartanburg, SC (ok, well, some places were better than others!)

sucked large sums of money out of my bank account to finance my obsession/habit

given me strong legs & lungs, and the skinny arms of a climber (well, 2 outta 3 ain't bad)

taught me to appreciate men in lycra with shaved legs

made me very boring to hang out with during race season

enlarged my circle of friends immeasurably

Taught me to embrace and look forward to pain (nm)hrv
Oct 3, 2003 8:00 AM
my own words don't fitJS Haiku Shop
Oct 3, 2003 8:02 AM
If there were no rewards to reap,
no loving embrace to see me through
this tedious path I've chosen here,
I certainly would've walked away by now

If there were no desire to heal
The damaged and broken met along this tedious path I've chosen here,
I certainly would've walked away by now.

This body holding me reminds me of my own mortality.
All this pain is an illusion of what it means to be alive.
Broke my bones, made me bleed . . .ms
Oct 3, 2003 8:36 AM
and keeps me coming back for more.


It has made a forty-four year old feel like a twentysomething.

Made me aware of the errors of my misspent youth and twentysomething years (that is, when I was spending far too many hours studying and working and not enough time having fun).

Let me know that tennis and golf are not the only "lifetime" sports -- I regularly ride with someone in his 60s who beats most guys in their 30s; last year I saw a guy at the Mountains of Misery that clearly was in his 70s or 80s.

Made me want to ride my bike up mountains -- when I was a kid I only thought that riding downhill was fun.

Given me the excuse for two trips to France (and I hope another one next year).

Given me new friends.

Causes me to come to this board when I should be working . . . Got to go.
broke my neck....lyleseven
Oct 3, 2003 1:34 PM
Broke my neck, punctured a lung, broke ribs, damaged my hip and emptied my wallet, and I still can't shake the addiction! Heroin would have been an easier vice to beat.....