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Riding on a “prescribed” stimulant

Old 10-29-16, 10:57 AM
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Riding on a “prescribed” stimulant

Since round 2003 I have been on maintenance Ritalin for ADD and it has changed my life. My productivity at work and at home improved about 200 % because suddenly I could focus on a task(s) and stay with them to completion. When I got my yearly review in 2004 my Supervisory was AMAZED that I have written over 100 technical documents in 2003 and less than 10 a year in the years before. This was also a time when I was logging around 5000 miles or silently less a year on the road. Not only did treatment for my ADD make me a better employee, better member of my family (less disruptive) more focused etc. but I became a better cyclist as well. I was more motivated, could ride a little faster (16.2 MPH average vs 15.4 MPH before) and could definitely ride longer distances than before. Before treatment if I did a 60 mile loop I would be toast, after I could stay out for 6 hours and log 85 plus. I’m no longer on the roads, I had accident #21 in 2011 and hung it up, I do miss getting out there !!!!!
My question to any rider who is prescribed a stimulant for treatment of ADD or an off label use like shift work is did it affect your “recreational” cycling and how.

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Congrats on finding an aid. Too late for me. Wish I could get my son to take proactive steps.
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Not me, but I have a friend with ADHD who greatly enjoys the use of Ritalin when riding. She hasn't noticed a downside, as far as riding goes. I know she sometimes takes extra, and I'd advise against doing that, tempting though it might be.
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I took some stuff banned now, not banned then for racing. About the only thing I notice riding is caffeine and Sudefed. I took it when I had a cold and was refereeing soccer (with a HRM) and used it riding a few times before that. When I saw refereeing how high my HR went I decided I would not workout using it again. I have no issues with taking PEDs for non-competitive cycling anymore than using a motor. I think the Strava KOMs using helpers are un-cool.
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