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Sex and Cycling or training for that matter...(8 posts)

Sex and Cycling or training for that matter...Canidraftyou
Jul 19, 2001 3:44 PM
I am asking a real question. I have heard "No sex for two weeks prior to a big event" and I have heard "No sex during training" and have also heard "No sex the day before a huge ride or race." Which is it? The last one sounds better. :)

Peace out,
re: Sex and Cycling or training for that matter...jschrotz
Jul 19, 2001 10:49 PM
The old school would say to abstain for two weeks prior to the big event, but after two weeks you may not consider the race to be the big event anymore ;-)

Seriously, I don't think it really matters. That old advice is just that, old and without much scientific basis. I think the rationale was that sex wears you out and your testosterone levels take a dive after sex. But I would think that your body would be trying to replenish the "baby batter" after sex, so your testosterone level would rise to meet the challenge, so to speak. Of course, I'm no doctor, so I could be wrong there, but I seem to recall that some studies were done regarding this issue with competitive runners, and there was no difference between those that got some and those that abstained or it was minimal at best. Whatever you do, just don't lose any sleep over it (or not much anyway).
I recall some stat about the astounding number of condomsbill
Jul 20, 2001 7:48 AM
used by residents of the Olympic Village in the '96 Olympics (which were provided along with whatever else they were consuming in unbelievable quantities). It was more than a couple for each athlete. It was kind of a disturbing number, considering that you've got to figure not EVERYONE was, umm, using them.
If sex decreased athletic performance, no one told these guys/gals.
Jul 24, 2001 10:29 AM
If you're a swimmer, for example, you compete that first week. Then, if you're gonna be enjoying the closing ceremonies, you have five or six days to kill. Cheering on your fellow team members, yes. Sightseeing, yes. So why not a little--as Monty Python put it--"thingy?" Especially if you've won a medal. Nice way to celebrate.

Heard of the "Mile High Club," right? Well, now I'm wondering if there's a "Gold Club"... "Silver Club"... "Bronze Club"...

Better shut up now before somebody gets mad...

Large Cyclist
it's a myth ...lonefrontranger
Jul 20, 2001 8:06 AM
Perpetrated back in the days of pro party-boys like Anquetil (he was a scandalous man). The coaches and managers, despairing of any other ways to keep the guys from drinking / partying and disappearing all night at events, perpetrated this and other myths. It has about as much basis as the old 30's myth that smoking "cleared your lungs" for the high mountain stages, or your the old "beating off will make you go blind" crap that the nuns told the boarding school kids.
Some scientific basis for holding out...3kidney
Jul 20, 2001 10:35 AM
In a study of guys in the navy the expectation of sexual activity when they went into port increased their testosterone levels significantly during the week or two leading up to it. So I suppose that holding out 2 weeks ahead with the guarantee of getting some the night before would potentially effective.

I personally think you should only abstain DURING the race--unless you get dropped (then go for it).

If you are that desperate for an edge in some meaningless race, just get married and have kids and you'll never get any anyway.
re: Sex and Cycling or training for that matter...Woof the dog
Jul 21, 2001 2:15 AM
as a matter of fact, one of my acquaintances (sp?) was looking for proof that sex before an event is beneficial. She did find that it was true from a couple of different sources. She even showed me a mag article that pointed out that studies revealed better performance in runners who had some the night before compared to those who didn't. Overall, it seems to be true that it is helpful.

Woof, the erotic dog :-O
Like your responce best :)Canidraftyou
Jul 21, 2001 9:20 AM
Thanks ya'll.

Peace out,