In close partnership with and at my Dr's advice I'm off statins for a 6 month trial period. This the result of him watching me drop ~60 lbs over 3 years and seeing me consistently exercising in our small town. If I can keep my numbers good, I'll stay off.
What a change in the way I feel when riding. I've always been limited by when my legs would cramp. I've drank electrolytes, taken Tums, and always carried pickle juice as a last resort to limp in on. On a fast, for me, 50 miler I'd get what I call pre cramps and know it was time to back off. I'd spin like crazy on the hills in an attempt to postpone the inevitable cramps. I thought this was normal and just a sign that I was pushing hard for my fitness level. I thought everybody went through this. I often wondered how folks did two day rides like the MS events. I'd be so sore and crampy on the day following a 50 miler there was no way I could do anything but a 10 mile slow spin if that.
Saturday was day 10 off the dope, I jumped on the hilliest ride I could find and hit it hard. At mile 35 I could still stand in the pedals and attack the hills, this lasted until the end. In the parking lot one of my friends rode over, looked me in the eyes and asked "Who are you and what did you do with Bob?". Sunday I went back to the hills, well our version anyway, and pushed my legs for another 57 miles. Same outcome, good speed and no cramps. This is when it really sunk in I'd been training with handcuffs on.
I've got 6 months to prove I can control my cholesterol with diet and exercise. After last weekend I'm totally focused on doing just that. I've got several cycling friends who are on statins and suffer no such side effects as I do. For me statins are cycling buzz kill.
Who knows, in my next race I may jump from 42/52 to say 35/52?...