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Dec 1, 2003 7:26 PM
How often do some of you racers out there get a physical exam, every year, every other year? Every February or March just before the season's starts?
Immediately following a big get off. (nm)shirt
Dec 1, 2003 10:56 PM
Daily? LOL nmNo_sprint
Dec 2, 2003 11:15 AM
Every 40 years..MR_GRUMPY
Dec 2, 2003 8:50 PM
In early Feb., every year, I'll max out my HR. If I'm still alive 10 minutes after I do it, I'm in good shape. If not, I'm in trouble.
re: Physicalsuperdreadnought
Dec 3, 2003 4:51 AM
I was trying to be serious, racing is very demanding on a person's body. I was wondering if people check checked out by their doctor on a yearly basis, just to make sure there is nothing wrong (i.e. heart).
re: PhysicalOverhill
Dec 5, 2003 4:19 PM
I think your question is very good, and should be of some concern to many of us, particularly we older riders. Having said that, I am long overdue for a complete physical. Did you see the article in Bicycling mag a month or so age, re heart tests? Much better than the average article for that mag. For me, the problem is where to go; ie., what doctor. My family physician has retired, and the second Dr. I have seen has died [what does this say about me?]. I am concerned that most Dr.s will say "don't go too hard", "moderation", etc. But that doesn't interest me. I intend to try to go hard--not very fast anymore--and what I want to know is how safe this is. In my area its hard to find a Dr. that understands high effort/heart rates. They are accustomed to treating sick people, not evaluating relatively fit persons. I've had a physical on my "to do" list for about a year, and will attend to it right after the first of the year-ha. IMHO, I think we probably should see the Dr. at least once every year or two, for a good review. Good luck. Maybe you will get a good medical answer to this question.
re: PhysicalIronbutt
Dec 6, 2003 4:51 AM
My solution was to check with the running clubs in my area, since there weren't any physicians in my cycling club. I found a doctor my age (57) who is a marathon runner. He understands that the medical data is generally for a relatively sedintary person, and that an athlete will have really skewed data when compared to what's "normal." Through this doctor, I have found a cycling cardiologist for my stress test. I am working on finding athletic doctors for my wife, too.
re: Physicalsuperdreadnought
Dec 6, 2003 6:38 AM
I never thought about that. I am in my early 30s, but still want to take good care of my self; I plan to live a very long time. My HMO PCP is in his 50s (I think), and a general doctor.