Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Training & Nutrition Learn how to develop a training schedule that's good for you. What should you eat and drink on your ride? Learn everything you need to know about training and nutrition here.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 03-27-05, 03:59 PM   #1
PriO
dotdotdot
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Brooklyn, NY
Bikes: Cannondale R600
Posts: 465
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Who here was an ex-smoker?

How many did you smoke per week?
How long did it take your whole body to get back in shape to ride about 100miles a week?
PriO is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-05, 04:05 PM   #2
slvoid
2-Cyl, 1/2 HP @ 90 RPM
 
slvoid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: NYC
Bikes: 04' Specialized Hardrock Sport, 03' Giant OCR2 (SOLD!), 04' Litespeed Firenze, 04' Giant OCR Touring, 07' Specialized Langster Comp
Posts: 15,762
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
PriO, long time no see. What's happening.
When you say 100 miles a week, do you mean spread out evenly or lumped into a few long rides?
slvoid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-05, 04:08 PM   #3
travis200
OTB is imminent
 
travis200's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Campbell,CA
Bikes: '06 Trek 5.2, '06 Lemond Poprad, '06 Bianchi San Jose
Posts: 943
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I used to smoke but that was about 10 years ago and it was a pack a day to keep the doctor away So I really can't answer your question but just thought I would throw that out there.
travis200 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-05, 04:13 PM   #4
ultra-g
Retired Member
 
ultra-g's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Queens New York
Bikes: Bianchi Pisa, LeMond Poprad
Posts: 1,181
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I smoked half a pack a day up until May of 2004. Started when I was 17.

I don't smoke anymore.
ultra-g is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-05, 04:14 PM   #5
KirkeIsWaiting
the dog ate my earbuds
 
KirkeIsWaiting's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Jersey Shore
Bikes: '05 Litespeed Siena Campy, Bridgestone X03 , Peugeot dream bike gets FIXED, Waterford Campy Record Colbalto, Motobecane Tandem in perfect condition, A Belgium made Bertin that was sent by an angel
Posts: 2,121
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I'm 29 days without a cig. I've ridden 60 miles this week, on a nasty hybrid thing, waiting for new sew ups and brakes to arrive. a pack a day for me and I'd smoked for 14 yrs. I hadn't ridden since October so I'm surprised I didn't need an ambulance ride home. Figure by august I can justify building a new bike based on what I saved not smoking. Other vises still apply.....
KirkeIsWaiting is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-05, 04:15 PM   #6
Moonshot
Now with racer-boy font!
 
Moonshot's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: East Alabama
Bikes: 2004 Litespeed Tuscany, Trek 5500, Breezer Storm, Bianchi road bike (fixed)
Posts: 1,272
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Congrats, ultra-G, kirkeiswaiting and the rest!

I was a regular smoker of cigarettes, cigars and other stuff I don't care to mention but gave it all up about 15 years ago. I didn't ride a lot after quitting, but instead I became a serious runner for awhile.
__________________

www.eastalabamacycling.org
Moonshot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-05, 07:32 PM   #7
Ebbtide
Senior Member
 
Ebbtide's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2003
Location: Ohio's Cycling Capital, America's North Coast.
Bikes:
Posts: 4,617
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I smoked a pack a day for 20 years. When i quit I was riding 100 miles a week, and still do.
Ebbtide is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-05, 07:48 PM   #8
late
Senior Member
 
late's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: Southern Maine
Bikes:
Posts: 8,377
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 17 Post(s)
15 years. Start from where you are, and build. It will come back.
Don't rush it, especially at the beginning.
late is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-05, 07:51 PM   #9
kevinmcdade
ONE DOWN, FIVE UP...
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: McKinney, TX
Bikes: LOOK KG281, Bianchi Pista, Fuji Roubaix
Posts: 1,462
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I smoked approximately a half a pack a day up until Jauary 4th 2005. I have not had one or even an erge since then. I am finally to a point of riding 100+ miles per week. It feels great!!!
kevinmcdade is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-05, 07:56 PM   #10
KirkeIsWaiting
the dog ate my earbuds
 
KirkeIsWaiting's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Jersey Shore
Bikes: '05 Litespeed Siena Campy, Bridgestone X03 , Peugeot dream bike gets FIXED, Waterford Campy Record Colbalto, Motobecane Tandem in perfect condition, A Belgium made Bertin that was sent by an angel
Posts: 2,121
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by kevinmcdade
I smoked approximately a half a pack a day up until Jauary 4th 2005. I have not had one or even an erge since then. I am finally to a point of riding 100+ miles per week. It feels great!!!
[QUO
TE]




Kevin- why/how no urge?
KirkeIsWaiting is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-05, 09:29 PM   #11
dbluez
Newbie
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Bikes:
Posts: 2
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Smoked for 30 out of 34 years ( started at age 14 and quit several times for short time periods ). I haven't smoked in 3 years. Just now getting past the 100 mile a week phase, although work obligations keep it much lower most of the time, but the damage from the tobacco will always be there. My lungs are much stronger now, thanks to cycling I believe. Every hill gets easier, and every mile faster. If you have made it 3 days without, then just ride every time you want one. The direct financial savings are immense, the indirect savings (less respiratory problems, more enjoying life, more time to do things you could not do because "just let me smoke this first", every thing tastes so much better, and on and on and on ) Congratulations on becoming a non-smoker!
dbluez is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-27-05, 09:45 PM   #12
Roody
Sophomoric Member
 
Roody's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Dancing in Lansing
Bikes:
Posts: 23,386
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 36 Post(s)
I smoked 2 pks/day for 30 years. I finally quit 3 years ago. It took me 18 months of repeated efforts to quit! My lungs already feel much better, but have a way to go yet. I didn't start riding again until just after I quit smoking, but I think quitting improved my aerobic abilities a lot (I was involved in other types of exercize then). Congratulations to all who quit. If you smoke, nothing could make you feel better than quitting!
Roody is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-05, 02:19 AM   #13
berny
sundy hopeful
 
berny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Sydney, Australia
Bikes: Connondale MTB, Malvern Star (historic) Orbea, GT (newest)
Posts: 1,068
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Roody
Who here was an X SMOKER
I'm still an X SMOKER!
berny is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-05, 06:13 AM   #14
natelutkjohn
Cheesmonger Extraordinair
 
natelutkjohn's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2004
Bikes:
Posts: 417
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I smoked for 10 years, 2 packs a day for the last 2-3 years. (been quit for a about 2 years 4 months now) I didn't get into bicyling right away, about 1/2 year later, so by then my lungs were much better. Didn't take long to ride 100 a week though, did 100 a day several times that summer. As long as you don't gun it, the lungs don't seem to matter too much for long riding. At least that's my experience.
natelutkjohn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-05, 06:49 AM   #15
ajst2duk
Metaphorically speaking
 
ajst2duk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Auckland, NZ
Bikes: Cannondale R600 ultegra spec
Posts: 809
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
yeah me smoked about 25 years then woke up one morning a non-smoker - bang, just like that. That was five years ago, & I bought myself a Ducati to celebrate. Ducati's gone now, and the billowing midriff has now too thanks to cycling. I vote give it up.
ajst2duk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-05, 07:04 AM   #16
StanSeven
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: No Va but ride also in So Md
Bikes: Cervelo SLC-SL, Guru Photon, Waterford, Specialized CX
Posts: 11,773
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 39 Post(s)
I smoked 1.5 packs a day for years. I stopped quickly, took up running to keep me from going back, and got very seriously involved. My peak year included 2,600 miles. I did a lot of marathons and between 20 to 30 races annually. I ddin't get involved in cycling until later.

Stopping is the hardest thing I have even done. People say the last six miles of a marathon is tough. It is but the discomfort doesn't last long. Stopping smoking is uncomfortable for a long, long time.
StanSeven is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-05, 07:17 AM   #17
Johnny_Monkey
Studs Terkel
 
Johnny_Monkey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Maputo, Mozambique
Bikes: 2005 Pinarello Paris; Avanti Blade Comp; Tommasini X-Fire
Posts: 8,724
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I smoked for 15 years, about 15 a day. Gave up 6 years ago.

I wasn't cycling when I gave up but I was (and still am) playing football. I noticed the difference fairly quickly - it used to be my lungs that gave up and now it's the rest of my body!
Johnny_Monkey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-05, 07:25 AM   #18
LowCel 
Throw the stick!!!!
 
LowCel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Charleston, WV
Bikes: GMC Denali
Posts: 17,588
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I smoked 2 - 3 packs of Marlboro reds a day for about 8 years. I quit cold turkey on 2/21/01. I'll never forget the date. Anyway, I started riding bikes a couple of months later, just up and down the street. I figured if I was riding I wouldn't smoke, if I was smoking I couldn't ride. I started mountain biking shortly after that and haven't looked back since.

As for 100 miles a week, I have no idea how long that took since I didn't even pay attention to mileage at first. I was just happy to be able to take a deep breath.
__________________
I may be fat but I'm slow enough to make up for it.
LowCel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-05, 08:23 AM   #19
pj7
On Sabbatical
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 1,543
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Smoked tobacco (various forms) for about 15 years. Smoked a pipe for the last 8 years and cigarettes when a pipe was not reasonable (is any of it really reasonable?) which equated to about 1 pack every two days.
This weekend, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday I rode about 35 miles total. 8.5 on Friday, 12.5 on Saturday, and 14 on Sunday. My lungs gave out before my overweight body did. When I got home from my 14 mile ride on Sunday I packed my pipe and sat for a relaxing smoke, ugh, it was aweful! I cleaned the pipe, put it away, and tossed my cigs in the trash. If riding is going to affect my ability to enjoy a smoke, and smoking is going to affect my ability to enjoy a nice 15-20 mile ride, then to hell with the tobacco. Thus today is my first day as a non smoker since I was a teenager and I already feel better, both mentally and physically.
Now let's see how I feel after my 15 mile ride today.
pj7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-05, 08:31 AM   #20
KirkeIsWaiting
the dog ate my earbuds
 
KirkeIsWaiting's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Jersey Shore
Bikes: '05 Litespeed Siena Campy, Bridgestone X03 , Peugeot dream bike gets FIXED, Waterford Campy Record Colbalto, Motobecane Tandem in perfect condition, A Belgium made Bertin that was sent by an angel
Posts: 2,121
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by pj7
Smoked tobacco (various forms) for about 15 years. Smoked a pipe for the last 8 years and cigarettes when a pipe was not reasonable (is any of it really reasonable?) which equated to about 1 pack every two days.
This weekend, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday I rode about 35 miles total. 8.5 on Friday, 12.5 on Saturday, and 14 on Sunday. My lungs gave out before my overweight body did. When I got home from my 14 mile ride on Sunday I packed my pipe and sat for a relaxing smoke, ugh, it was aweful! I cleaned the pipe, put it away, and tossed my cigs in the trash. If riding is going to affect my ability to enjoy a smoke, and smoking is going to affect my ability to enjoy a nice 15-20 mile ride, then to hell with the tobacco. Thus today is my first day as a non smoker since I was a teenager and I already feel better, both mentally and physically.
Now let's see how I feel after my 15 mile ride today.




CHEERS! It's tough, I'm there too. Day 29. If you feel the urge, pm me. I'll tell how I got thru the first couple of weeks. I wish you luck and deep breathes!
KirkeIsWaiting is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-05, 08:54 AM   #21
pj7
On Sabbatical
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 1,543
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I'm already feeling the urge!
With every sip of my coffee I'm urning for a drag of a cig, but instead I just chew on my drafting pencils, gone thru about a dozen thus far
Thanks for the props, I know that the moment I start commuting (11 miles or so each way) that I'll never look back, but that is a few weeks away. Until then I'll keep eating my pencils. hehe

Quote:
Originally Posted by KirkeIsWaiting
CHEERS! It's tough, I'm there too. Day 29. If you feel the urge, pm me. I'll tell how I got thru the first couple of weeks. I wish you luck and deep breathes!
pj7 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-05, 10:51 AM   #22
KirkeIsWaiting
the dog ate my earbuds
 
KirkeIsWaiting's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Jersey Shore
Bikes: '05 Litespeed Siena Campy, Bridgestone X03 , Peugeot dream bike gets FIXED, Waterford Campy Record Colbalto, Motobecane Tandem in perfect condition, A Belgium made Bertin that was sent by an angel
Posts: 2,121
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by pj7
I'm already feeling the urge!
With every sip of my coffee I'm urning for a drag of a cig, but instead I just chew on my drafting pencils, gone thru about a dozen thus far
Thanks for the props, I know that the moment I start commuting (11 miles or so each way) that I'll never look back, but that is a few weeks away. Until then I'll keep eating my pencils. hehe


Had to give up the caffeine, at least for the first two weeks. I few habits had to change, talking on the phone was a cig trigger for me and I just flat out avoid starbucks. The old guys at the local watering hole missed me for a few weeks too. I drink a lot more water now too. If you're not patching you'll need to start detoxing your system. Water and green tea. Hokey but I love the Vicks inhalers, nice deep breaths. Try it.
KirkeIsWaiting is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-05, 10:53 AM   #23
lala
contrarian
 
lala's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: CO Springs
Bikes: 80's ross road bike/commuter, 80's team miyata, 90's haro mtb xtracycle conversion, koga mitaya world traveler
Posts: 2,848
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Who here is an ex-smoker?
Who here was a smoker?
__________________
Higher ground for the apocalypse!
lala is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-05, 09:43 PM   #24
Bud Bent
Wheezing Geezer
 
Bud Bent's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Crowley, Tx
Bikes: Bacchetta Corsa, RANS Stratus XP
Posts: 1,782
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I quit cigarettes in 1983, but smoked 15 cigars a day until August, 2003. I bought a stationary recumbent bike two months later (when I saw how much weight I was gaining), and after 11 months of sheer boredom (and too few hours of riding) with that, in September of 2004, I bought a recumbent bicycle. By January, I was riding 100 miles a week. I do about 120 miles a week now.
Bud Bent is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-29-05, 12:47 AM   #25
berny
sundy hopeful
 
berny's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Sydney, Australia
Bikes: Connondale MTB, Malvern Star (historic) Orbea, GT (newest)
Posts: 1,068
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by pj7
I'm already feeling the urge!
With every sip of my coffee I'm urning for a drag of a cig, but instead I just chew on my drafting pencils, gone thru about a dozen thus far
Thanks for the props, I know that the moment I start commuting (11 miles or so each way) that I'll never look back, but that is a few weeks away. Until then I'll keep eating my pencils. hehe
Man I hope you make it. I gave up some 20 odd years ago after a 20 year addiction. It took me three years to be free of the menace. I hate the freekin things and everything associated with them. URRRK!
I raced sailboats for years after and now I'm racing bikes (I'm 63) and I love it. None of it would have been possible if I was still a slave the bloody tobacco co.'s.
The best of luck with your effort, we're all rootin for you.
berny is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:10 PM.