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Old 11-19-04, 03:22 AM
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Is It healthy?

I have not been in this mode for a while. But while I was I found out a few things.

The better shape you are in the closer you get to the edge. Not that you are riding over a cliff, but that you are riding next to it. The better the shape you are in the closer you get.

For the average person this is not going to be a big deal. But for those who feel the need to keep pushing themselves it could be a very big deal. Indurains(sp) main vein that came out of his heart was 3" in diameter. That's great if the goal is only to ride as fast as you can for as long as you can, but what about everyone else?

I have read the the average life expentancy of a pro rider in the 70's was 55. No doubt that was because of the drugs for the most part, but was that the only reason?
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If you ride solely for fitness, and keep heart rate below 80% of maximum, that is healthy and sustainable for your entire life. If you stay much of the time in the 90% - 100% range, you will run the risk of damaging yourself.
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Old 11-19-04, 09:12 AM
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Originally Posted by xyz
I have read the the average life expentancy of a pro rider in the 70's was 55. No doubt that was because of the drugs for the most part, but was that the only reason?
Just read what physicians say about continually exercising at too high of an intensity.
And remember what is considered 'extreme high intensity' for the average person is really nothing compared to what the pros can do.
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Originally Posted by brent_dube
Just read what physicians say about continually exercising at too high of an intensity.
And remember what is considered 'extreme high intensity' for the average person is really nothing compared to what the pros can do.

That's my point. I have read about pro racers quiting because their leg muscles turn from soft and supple the rock hard even at rest. At that level they destroy their bodies. But cat 2's race with the pros. Cat 4 steroid use is a problem.

At what point does this become an issue? I have hurt myself a couple of times pushing to hard, it is easy to do. The pros have doctors to watch everything they do, lower level racers don't have that.
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If you heed Dr. Cooper of Aerobics fame, he now believes that we fall victim to all of the free radicals that the body produces when pushed to hard in the exercise mode. He now, for example, preaches walking as superior to running.
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