Yesterday morning I posted a thread about my annual physical, and I titled it:
White Coat Syndrome, even for a cyclist.
I talked about my great checkup, except for the fact that my BP was too high. But, like many, my doctor and I suspect I have WCS....fear of the doc's office that gives a false elevation.
BF member 'nother responded to the post with this:
I don't get the "even for a cyclist" part. What part of being a cyclist should magically grant automatic immunity against White Coat Syndrome?
Well, that got me to thinking....
Why DID I write it that way in the title of the post?
My best-guess answer could make for a little discussion here in this thread.
I think I did it because somehow, deep down inside, I figure that we're a tougher lot than the average guy out there, what with road rash and broken bones and all.
And Lord knows I've paid my dues in six seasons of cycling AFTER total hip replacement surgery. Road rash...broken wrist...half a front tooth knocked out...I'm pretty toughened by the sport, but I'm still a nervous heap in the doctor's office giving blood.
Are we as cyclists tougher?