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Old 11-16-08, 12:45 AM   #1
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smoking before a ride

i heard from someone that smoking a cigarette an hour before a workout or whatever would open up your capillaries and benefit your oxygen/blood levels. Is there some merit to this or is this just incredibly backwards? I would think that it would make breathing harder
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Old 11-16-08, 12:49 AM   #2
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I'm sure the long term negative effects outweigh the short term positives.
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Definately not a reason to start smoking.
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Old 11-16-08, 12:57 AM   #4
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agreed. it seems to be a double edged sword
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Old 11-16-08, 01:00 AM   #5
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http://whyquit.com/whyquit/LinksJBlood.html
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Old 11-16-08, 01:01 AM   #6
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"As a vasoconstrictor, nicotine tightens blood vessels and restricts blood flow"

http://www.princeton.edu/uhs/ih_Q_A_drugs_smoking.html

nicotine does not open up capillaries
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Old 11-16-08, 01:02 AM   #7
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I see it every day working in a stress lab for a cardiologist.
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Old 11-16-08, 04:22 AM   #9
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smoking before sports always deteriorates performance from my personal experience. cigarettes after sports hits the spot though.
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Old 11-16-08, 05:05 AM   #10
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Go on, smoke all you like. If you're stupid enough to believe 'positive' spin you're going to wind up under a truck sooner or later anyway.
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Old 11-16-08, 05:15 AM   #11
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Save the smoking for the post ride beer drinking.
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I heard that smoking reduces stress and that stress causes cancer.
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Keeping your smoke lit while in the drops is a *****.
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Old 11-16-08, 10:31 AM   #14
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That's like 1920's logic right there. Hell they used to do it in the Tour de France, so it must work!


I really want that poster.
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Old 11-16-08, 11:16 AM   #15
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Happy people live longer, so, smoke if it makes you happy.

Smoking (a little) and exercising is better than not doing sport/exercise at all.
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smoking weed before a ride makes it more fun, sometimes.
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Old 11-16-08, 03:16 PM   #17
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That's like 1920's logic right there. Hell they used to do it in the Tour de France, so it must work!


I really want that poster.
+1

You took the words right out of me... I was literally about to make this exact post with the picture and everything haha.
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Old 11-16-08, 03:51 PM   #18
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I dunno, smoking does make you look pretty cool.

For a while, but then it makes you look really gross and old and smelly.

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Old 11-16-08, 04:39 PM   #20
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this girl i know has been smoking for the past 5 years but shes been jogging for the last 7 and she sings, and after inquiring about lung damage to here doctor they did some sort of scan and concluded that there was literally no damage done to her lungs because she uses them so actively.

doesnt justify smoking but if your healthy enough i guess its not that bad
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Old 11-16-08, 04:42 PM   #21
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True story from this past summer:

I'm riding on the local MUP and (strange for me) I suddenly start gaining on a fully geared "roadie"; he had slowed to take something out of his jersey pocket. Just before I pull even with him his hands go up to his face and I see a puff of smoke. Yep, he'd lit a cigarrette and was smoking while riding. First time I've ever seen that happen.
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I used to smoke while riding during alleycats back when I actually used to do both. I knew a guy who could roll cigarettes while he was riding. That was impressive.

But yeah, smoking is gross and I'm amazed that I did it for 9 years.
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True story from this past summer:

I'm riding on the local MUP and (strange for me) I suddenly start gaining on a fully geared "roadie"; he had slowed to take something out of his jersey pocket. Just before I pull even with him his hands go up to his face and I see a puff of smoke. Yep, he'd lit a cigarrette and was smoking while riding. First time I've ever seen that happen.
Somehow I find this badass in a sort of "**** you to the rest of the uptight roadie world" sort of way.
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Old 11-16-08, 05:56 PM   #25
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i smoke crack before i ride and i can ride for days at a time. although it can be quite frightening at times...
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