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Old 10-18-04, 10:46 AM   #1
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Last night, 35 year-old John Taylor died of a heart attack in his sleep. Mr. Taylor weighed 250 lbs, but refused to exercise. He had diabetes and high blood pressure. He insisted on commuting by car because riding a bicycle was "too dangerous."

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Old 10-18-04, 12:13 PM   #2
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what a great life he must of had. remind me to never end up like this.
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Old 10-18-04, 04:50 PM   #3
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Maybe I'm a cruel person. First thing I thought of was the old Queen song "Another One Bites the Dust".
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Old 10-18-04, 05:43 PM   #4
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Gosh I weigh 245 lb., 45 years old, BP normal, Glucose normal and ride around 3800 mile so far this year.

Man I was heading down the road untill about 3 years ago. Hope I am doing myself some good.
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*laughing because apparently a lot of people are missing it*
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*laughing because apparently a lot of people are missing it*
Time of death is "as we speak."
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I remember talking to another cyclist who had recovered from a terrible crash- he'd been hit by a car and had a lot of bad injuries. WHile he was in the hospital, one of his neighbors was also there- he was 38 and had just had his THIRD heart attack. Apparently he was the typical, bad american lifestyle. Overweight,couch potato, smoked, ate junk food etc. Obviously he also had some kind of hereditary aspect, if he had THREE heart attacks by 38 but for sure his lifestyle didn't help.Anyways, the guy told me he'd been exactly the same until HE got into cycling and 8 years later he races, does triathlons, etc. We sort of joked about the irony of him saving his life and then being in this bad acccident! But he recovered fully. It'sa bit harder to recover from type 2 diabetes or stroke!

I can't understand people whose health is in danger but will do ANYTHING to avoid exercising or changing their lifestyle. Like it's 'too hard.' As opposed to taking tons of medication, going to doctors every week, or wheezing when you walk?
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This begs the question: how has Ted Kennedy survived so long?
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Last night, 35 year-old John Taylor died of a heart attack in his sleep.
Well any exercise will have helped this fictional John Taylor. Although I love bicycling best, if he felt this way about bikes being dangerous, there are many other ways he could have exercised. Going to the gym, walking, swimming etc.
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This begs the question: how has Ted Kennedy survived so long?
He got the left over allotment of lifespan from his unfortunate brothers. Unfortunately I don't think he's used it as well as they would have had they been allowed to use it themselves.
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This begs the question: how has Ted Kennedy survived so long?
he must have took the life force of that woman he ran over. that's the only explanation i can think of.
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I can't understand people whose health is in danger but will do ANYTHING to avoid exercising or changing their lifestyle. Like it's 'too hard.' As opposed to taking tons of medication, going to doctors every week, or wheezing when you walk?
'tis the glory days for drug companies. so much money is to be made off the weak minded american populace. poor health and bad attitudes are a gold mine for these companies.
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I think the "joke" was that he died of a heart attack while thinking biking is dangerous. Boy, this poor guy's death is really funny...
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I had ridden my bike to work one day and had to go to the bank. I changed into my bike clothes and as I was walking out I heard a couple of fatties laughing at my gear and making comments. I thought on the ride, "Yeah. Keep laughing. I'll be healthy and still riding in my 80's while you're lying in a hospital bed hooked up to tubes when you're in your 50's. And I'm older than you. So there." Gave me energy to keep going. Now, my cholesteral is down, blood pressure down, weight going down. Looking good in the neighborhood.
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Old 10-19-04, 12:05 PM   #15
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I don't know how ppl do it actually, to see their health deteroirating and relying on medication. I was put on blood pressure medication a while ago, and I hate it. I hate the feeling of needing medication to live, and support a bad lifestyle.

I take much less medication right now, and I think it won't be long until I am able to get rid of it. Recent bloodtests have shown that I am turning my situation over. Thank god bikes exist.

*Maybe* car cages are saffer, but I'd rather die next to my bike, knowing I led a healthy and fun life, then trapped in a stinky twisted metal cage.
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Velo Retro's Chuck Schmidt is making a "miraculous" recovery after going through the rear side window of an errant SUV. He works from home, but rides every day. Before checking his identification, the paramedics underestimated his age (60) by 15 years.

If I followed the average American lifestyle, I know I would be diabetic, obese, and hypertensive, because I have strong genetic tendencies toward all three. Cycling and running have saved my life and saved my quality of life.
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I'm sure there are plenty of people who get ridiculed for riding their bike to work- by chubby coworkers who never walk more than a block, smoke like chimneys and eat junk food. We all have heard about how when lance armstrong was in highschool, his classmates thought he was weird for riding his bike to school. And they're probably mostly overweight slobs by now.
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Last night, 35 year-old John Taylor died of a heart attack in his sleep. Mr. Taylor weighed 250 lbs, but refused to exercise. He had diabetes and high blood pressure. He insisted on commuting by car because riding a bicycle was "too dangerous."
He sounds like the 'Champion of the Forked Tongue'
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... I'd rather die next to my bike, knowing I led a healthy and fun life, then trapped in a stinky twisted metal cage.
Ditto to this. Prior to this summer, I was well on my way to the fate of the abovementioned fictional "typical" American. I decided to hop on my bike one day, however, just to see if it was still "fun", and lo and behold, it was not only fun, it became my passion. Now when people say, "Are you going to ride that thing all winter? Isn't that dangerous?" I just smile and say, "Yes I am, and I don't really worry about the danger compared to the benefits!"

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I'm sure there are plenty of people who get ridiculed for riding their bike to work- by chubby coworkers who never walk more than a block, smoke like chimneys and eat junk food
I've found an effective comeback for the cow-worker jabs. I walk over to them and ask them whether it's the fact that I'm physically fit enough to wear lycra or that I've had the motivation to ride 5000 miles this year that offends them the most.

For most, it's gotten to the point where, when they're looking for me the typical response is "Is the bike parked outside"
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