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    I believe that once you leave you will always want to come back!

    My father asked me last week when I was getting my new TT wheels (he used to be a "bike racer" when he was young also. We went to look at disc wheels, blah, blah... of course that got me back in the whole rr/crit mindset again. Well I went to the doctor again for a checkup, another annoying bone density scan and I popped the question, when can I race again?

    Well he said, well with hormones in your body in a month and with the fosamax helping maybe 6 month... ... well I was thinking of racing this season...

    Am I crazy?
    It is just for fun!

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    especialy with where you're at, you should *really* listen to your doctor. there'll still be racing next season.

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    No worries the road always waits.

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    Not crazy, just ********. You don't like what your doctor said, so you ask a bunch of folks on the internet for advice. That seems real smart. We all know exactly what is best for you. Your doctor does not know anything. Go race and have fun! Isn't that what life is about anyway?
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    This person is on your Ignore List. [View Post] [Un-Ignore User]
    Hmmm... I wonder what troll this is...


    The concern of the two specilists are that I will crash again and brake something... unfortunitly in crits crashing is not always the fault of the person that goes down... ... but time trails are not out of the question... so maybe I should focus of those. I believe what the first two posters said is probably right, the road will always be avalable next season...

    BTW I would not expect someone on an online forum to provide medical advice... how could I ask anyway.
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    New TT wheels? After all your whining about being broke and needing to move out.

    I guess all your dreams of being spayed and neutered will be on hold while you pursue your dreams of being a TT specialist.

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    Risking it you may fall and not be able to ride again - at all. TTs have crashes, too. Less likely but how many do you need to be too many at this point? You're young. You've got plenty of time.
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    I'm sorry, but being relatively new to the forums, I have missed out one why you were diagnosed with osteopenia/osteoporosis. I am also interested to know a bit more about a person who also considers themselves a TT specialist (not that I am a tt specialist...I am just much better at that than I am sprinting!). Just curious.

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    Search for GID under FOO to see what is going on... that is only part of the story but you can PM if you have any questions.

    I think you are all right. The doctors said that I can participate in cycling activities that are not as prone to crashing... i.e. slower group rides, solo rides, etc. He is really concerned about pacelines, etc where you can go down hard. What he says is that it may take a few years to have bone density come back to a reasonable level but within 6 months you should be ok to come back...

    It looks like maybe I should think of the TT stuff over the winter and get back next season...

    Thanks again,

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    Quote Originally Posted by ewitz
    New TT wheels? After all your whining about being broke and needing to move out.

    I guess all your dreams of being spayed and neutered will be on hold while you pursue your dreams of being a TT specialist.

    nice to see every country has *******s!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ewitz
    New TT wheels? After all your whining about being broke and needing to move out.

    I guess all your dreams of being spayed and neutered will be on hold while you pursue your dreams of being a TT specialist.
    You are an a$$hole, and I usually do not call people names that way...

    Why don't you go crawl in your little hole you came out of troll, because that is about the best place for you! The wheels are a graduation gift, and my father is choosing them. The reason for them is personal and I will not discuss it with you. I never said I was a TT specalist!

    Spayed and nutered... so drink poison and whither into the ground troll!

    Mandy
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    I have no clue who you are, but listen to your doctor.
    You shouldn't be riding with bad osteopenia/osteoporosis, I can tell you that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ewitz
    New TT wheels? After all your whining about being broke and needing to move out.

    I guess all your dreams of being spayed and neutered will be on hold while you pursue your dreams of being a TT specialist.
    **** you, *******.
    i may have overreacted

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    How do you get your bone density tested? Also are there any medications that can help guys maintain bone density?

    I have learned recently that guys in endurance sports like cycling can loose a lot of bone density due to lower testosterone levels.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Laggard
    **** you, *******.
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    are you riding at all now? i'm curious to know how the hormone treatment will affect your cycling.

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    I am riding abit solo work, it is going to be interesting to see as you said what HRT will do to my body and riding. I do not expect to lose any VO2 max like many "XY males" on cross hormone HRT. Bone density scans are done by Xrays, it is an easy procedure. If I remember right they actually measure the calcium in the bones.

    Hormones are required for teh renewal of bone density in the body. As bone is removed, hormones regulate the regrowth. In my case since my body does not produce sex hormones nothing regulates the reproduction of bone density, and over the last 8 years I have slowly lost density. As a cyclist we need to do a bit of load bearing workout so we maintain density. There are drugs such as fosamax (which is what I take) that can help maintain and reverse bone loss.

    The big test is to see where I am in about a year are HRT etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by my58vw
    You are an a$$hole, and I usually do not call people names that way...

    Why don't you go crawl in your little hole you came out of troll, because that is about the best place for you! The wheels are a graduation gift, and my father is choosing them. The reason for them is personal and I will not discuss it with you. I never said I was a TT specalist!

    Spayed and nutered... so drink poison and whither into the ground troll!

    Mandy
    That's not very ladylike. You should be ashamed of yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeTheChange
    How do you get your bone density tested? Also are there any medications that can help guys maintain bone density?

    I have learned recently that guys in endurance sports like cycling can loose a lot of bone density due to lower testosterone levels.
    Bone density can be tested a number of ways including ultrasound, x-ray, and DEXA scanning. The most diagnostic of this are the DEXA scans. Most people build Bone density until a peak at about 33 years of age after which it begins to decline. This is why load bearing exercise is important in the early years of life, because once you cross that threshold, your bones slowly become more brittle.

    The exception to this peak is found in people who undergo prolonged be rest (I broke every bone in my body and am in a full body cast), are in low gravity environments (read: not on earth), or people who suffer any number of various pathologies including funky hormones (hormones regulate both the removal and replacement of ALL minerals from bone).

    Currently, fosamax is the most promising of prescription medications, though there are others out there both currently available and still in reseach phases. Understand that all medications have side effects however and that there are more important things than medication in maintaining bone density such as
    -weight bearing exercise or impact exercise (cycling has VERY little weight bearing effect on the body as a whole)
    - proper nutrition including adequate intake of vitamin D, Calcium, magnesium, and zinc.
    - proper maintenance of gastrointestinal pH
    - sun exposure

    As to your testosterone levels, do not worry about them. They are hughly unlikely to decrease from cycling unless you end up with "numb boy parts" on a fair umber of rides. Decreases in testosterone are likely to occur for pathological reasons, not from riding your bike.

    I hope some of this information can answer your questions.

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