Hi there. Ok full disclosure, I'm only 36, but I thought you guys would be the guys to talk to about this.
My story. I've been riding/racing for 23 years. For 10 of those I was pretty much full time, either as a high end amateur or low(est) end pro...depending on year/team. I stopped racing in 2007 but since then I've still ridden more than fifteen thousand km a year. This past March I've started dealing with prostatitis (non-bacterial). The culprit may have been the combination of using a rock hard Flite TT as my only saddle (I had 3 of them!) and sitting on the floor at home all the time (I dunno why...just where I have always sat). The saddle was too wide for me and so I always sat forward on it.
So, here I am. I've had to cut out caffeine, riding, spicy foods, citrus, tomatoes, running, skiing, roller-skiing, weight-lifting. The only thing I haven't cut out is sex. Thank lord. It's 3 1/2 months in and it's better....but feels like I'm just managing it. I'm struggling with the massive change in lifestyle that I've had to endure. The only thing saving me is an awesome wife who's 100% supportive.
I've bought a selle smp, but never sat on it...too scared. I just want my life back...even if I can't ride again...it would be nice to stay in shape somehow.
Who has gone through this and seen the other side? Any experiences to help?
Oh, and as an aside...I'm cool with recumbent riders...just not recumbents...no offense to any recumbent riders out there, I think it's great you're riding, whatever it's on.