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Old 09-16-11, 08:11 AM   #1
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Physical limiters of your cycling besides your larger size?

I'm a newbie here so if this has been posted before please forgive me, but how many of you have other physical issues that may restrict your cycling?

For me at 54 I don't consider my age a limiter at all but I definitely have limited lung function due to decades of chronic bronchitis (both lungs) and 35% capacity in my right lung from damage due to a really bad case of bacterial pneumonia I got in 1998. My other limiter is Type II diabetes but it is well under control with proper diet and exercise so I really don't consider it much of a limiter. A bad back has had me down over the years but seems to not be an issue with riding, even long distances. I also haven't had bronchitis since the pneumonia. Go figure!

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Old 09-16-11, 08:19 AM   #2
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I've had asthma since forever. Doctor put me on Symbicort about 3 years or so ago, and my rescue inhaler usage went from 4-6x a day to 1-2x a week. I wasn't able to do much of any physical activity before, and now I can ride at a good pace until my body gets tired. I'm not really limited by my lungs so much now.
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Old 09-16-11, 08:21 AM   #3
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Age, non-cycling related medical conditions (in my case exsessive blood clotting and a series of serious concussions over the years), other past injuries (broken collarbones, ribs, leg and both arms), matured "mental processing" (i.e., increased attempts at being less aggressive).

I really don't care about internal limiting factors as much as more external limiting factors (i.e., increased aggression from driver, increased apathy from law enforcement, etc.).

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Old 09-16-11, 08:33 AM   #4
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I did the rib thing a couple of weeks ago. I'll be off the bike for a couple more and I agree on you external limiters 100%.
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I have arthritis in my right shoulder and issues with my cervical spine. It doesn't affect me too much, and during my bad days I'll ride my recumbent.
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Asthma. You need working lungs to bike. (but you also need strong lungs to fight off asthma attacks, so it is a fair trade)

I've got a bunch of bone deformities in my legs. That means arthritis damage from the joints not working right, and some form challenges because the way I tend to move by default is not the pain-free way to move. Again, the stronger I am, the less the arthritis bothers me.
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Old 09-16-11, 10:34 AM   #7
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I'm sorry, what are these things called "limits"?
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Age definately has an impact on my abilities. Both knees shot, so I'm not going to consider rides like The Death Ride. Nothing that would keep me from doing a ride I want to. Once I retire I may get in a few more doubles.
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When I was 13, my ankle swelled up like a softball. I was diagnosed with arthritis.
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I'm a newbie here so if this has been posted before please forgive me, but how many of you have other physical issues that may restrict your cycling?

For me at 54 I don't consider my age a limiter at all but I definitely have limited lung function due to decades of chronic bronchitis (both lungs) and 35% capacity in my right lung from damage due to a really bad case of bacterial pneumonia I got in 1998. My other limiter is Type II diabetes but it is well under control with proper diet and exercise so I really don't consider it much of a limiter. A bad back has had me down over the years but seems to not be an issue with riding, even long distances. I also haven't had bronchitis since the pneumonia. Go figure!

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IMO you can gain much insight and encouragement from this thread......

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...arrassed-rider
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Money is my limiting factor. I only have 2 bicycles. One was $2000 and the other one was $3000.
I know if I could afford a $5000 bike I'd get out and ride more.
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IMO you can gain much insight and encouragement from this thread......

http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...arrassed-rider
Yes, I've been reading it! In case you might have misunderstood the reasons for my post, I am dealing with and overcoming my limits.....with time and perseverance.
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LOL @ skilsaw

I have old injuries (no cartilage in right knee, plate in left foot) that cause me pain under certain circumstances but the only thing that really limits me is my freaking job. Oh, and laziness.
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Knee problems from a car accident in 1997. Over time, it's been diminishing, but I still get the occasional flare-up for no apparent reason.
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I had asthma growing up, bad bouts of bronchitis as well as pneumonia several times between age 15 and 32. My doctor was never pleased with the results from my annual physicals. Lots of "tut tut" and "tsk". Then I bought a bicycle and with each passing year I needed my inhalers less often, maybe if my allergies really kicked up or I had a bad cold. I haven't used my inhalers in about 2 years, I can't recall the last time I had a dizzy spell, and my overall health impresses my doctor. So lung-wise I've improved by leaps and bounds since I was a teenager. Pretty thrilled by that since lung disease is common in my family (and none of us smoke).

My big problem? I have this nasty hill on my commute that is my bÍte noire. I really need to work harder to race (ok, I'll settle for limp) up that stupid hill.
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I have degenerative disk disease with the main issue being bouts of sciatica when I push too big a gear. It also occurs sometimes for no apparent reason. My other limit is that I take a beta blocker which limits my maximum heart rate. I'm not sure but I think this limits my work capacity on the bicycle.
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