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    How long would you wait?

    I'm donating blood on Wed., how long would you wait before biking again? Obviously I won't go Wed. and may take Thurs. off from biking (but will walk 3-4 miles). My schedule has normally been 2 days on (one walk, one bike), a day off. I did both weekend days (14 miles on the bike Sat. and 3.5 walking Sun.) but am doing another bike day today as I have other things scheduled on Tues. that will result in getting home too late to bike and the blood donation Wed.

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    I take no time off. Just drink plenty and take it a bit easier for a day or two.

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    I'd ride the same day, but just take it easy, go slower, and enjoy yourself. Think about the good that your gift will do for others. Make sure to hydrate normally.

    If you're concerned, ask your doctor about your particular situation. The blood will have been regenerated in 24 hours.

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    Having lived in the UK for a year in the late '80s, I can't donate blood (mine might have some prions from mad cow disease), but when I could, I would exercise the same day if I felt like it. Just take things easy, drink lots of fluids, listen to your body, and you should be fine.
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    I wouldn't worry excessively over it.

    In my mid 20's I worked in a small town hospital. If our blood bank ran out of a certain blood type, and they couldn't get a volunteer donor to come in, they'd pay us $15.00 for a unit. It was only about 3 miles each way but I'd ride my bike home afterward without giving it a thought.

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    I would have ridden my bike to go give blood,so,as soon as I finished my cookie and OJ,I'd be riding again.
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    I'm a regular blood donor. I used to be able to take a day off and then resume my regular exercise the second day. Since I've gotten older it now takes me about a week after donating to fully recover to the point where I don't have trouble catching my breath under heavy exertion. YMMV.

    Start out easy after the donation and if you feel good, you can push a little harder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CbadRider View Post
    I'm a regular blood donor. I used to be able to take a day off and then resume my regular exercise the second day. Since I've gotten older it now takes me about a week after donating to fully recover to the point where I don't have trouble catching my breath under heavy exertion. YMMV.
    For me, age had a LOT to do with it. Up until age 60, I'd be fine within hours of giving blood. By age 62, it took about a week. The last time I donated, at age 64, it took me about 6 weeks to get back to normal.
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    I usually wait a week before transfusing my own blood back into my body. It does wonders for my endurance and power output.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CbadRider View Post
    I'm a regular blood donor. I used to be able to take a day off and then resume my regular exercise the second day. Since I've gotten older it now takes me about a week after donating to fully recover to the point where I don't have trouble catching my breath under heavy exertion. YMMV.
    This has been my experience, too. I finally stopped donating because I could never afford a whole week off the bike, except during winter, when I couldn't afford a whole week out of the pool.

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    I wouldn't worry about it .... I had my appendix out last year and did 35+ kilometres the day they released me from the hospital.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chaco View Post
    For me, age had a LOT to do with it. Up until age 60, I'd be fine within hours of giving blood. By age 62, it took about a week. The last time I donated, at age 64, it took me about 6 weeks to get back to normal.
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    Ride after a couple hours. Full recovery seems to take me 4-5 days.

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    Wimps.

    Ride your bike to the donation center and ride home.
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    Thx, I'll wait until at least Thursday, if not Friday, with a walk on Thursday.

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    Ride there, give blood, ride (easily) back. And while you're there, inquire about platelet donation. You get to keep most of your RBC's so it has much less impact on your aerobic function.
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    One of the last times I donated blood it was a 12 mile bike ride to the Vampire Bus and a 15 mile ride home because of a shopping detour. Can't donate any longer due to low numbers. Even when I was donating I had to have a Dr. release on computer file for low BP/heart rate and some times the drop of blood would not drop.

    Just go with the flow and see how you feel. Everyone, great job for donating.

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    When I donate, I need about 45 min to an hour before I feel normal to walk around and go about my day. But I can go ride the next day without noticing anything different

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    When I donated in the past, I would feel like my @$$ was dragging for the rest of the day. But I would still ride home from the donation center, just a gear slower.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith99 View Post
    Wimps.

    Ride your bike to the donation center and ride home.
    Man up, I have them hook me up while I'm on the trainer...

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