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Quit Smoking to Ride

Old 08-29-08, 12:12 PM
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I smoked 2 to 3 packs a day (off and on, sometimes I would do smokeless instead) from the age of 18 until I was 33. I tried to quit dozens of times but never had that one good reason that hit me hard enough to make me quit. We all have our reasons - the one that made me quit, cold turkey, was one afternoon standing out on the front porch smoking and my 4 year old son looked up at me. It dawned on me right then that sooner or later he would start remembering me with a cig. I quit right then and have never looked back. I didn't want him to ever remember that. He's 18 now and doesn't remember me smoking. Best decision I ever made!
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Old 08-30-08, 01:36 AM
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I was a pack a day smoker. Used to love the smoke after a ride.

But I decided to do longer and more intensive rides and found it rather hard. So, I took my family on on a 10 day cruise with the idea of quiting. I quit. We were having so much funny and doing things that I actually didn't think about cig's very much. After I really wanted to smoke again but I started chewing gum or making myself busy. 5 years or so later I'm smoke free and whip guys in their teens on rides. And I'm a few decades older. And I feel great all the time. I'm proud that I quit the coffin nails.

If you are interested in any form of exercise, quit smoking. You should quit just for you. The first 3 days are physical symtoms, but the rest is all pyscho - you mind is trying to get you to smoke again. Just say no. In my case I have tried to quit many times. But try to quit during an event like a holiday or something where you are going to be preoccupied most of the time. You have to get you mind of smoking by getting out of your ordinary live style.

Mind you I still love the smell of a cigeratte burning.........................

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Old 09-03-08, 03:53 PM
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I used to smoke. Then I quit. Then I smoke again. Then I quit. Then I smoked again. It went on and on.

In 2004, I got very sick. I stopped riding, and gained 30 pounds. My tobacco intake increased. I was miserable.

I started riding again. I lost weight. I went on Chantix, and now I don't smoke.

Never gonna race again (that was a long time ago), but I might have bought myself a few more years with my kids.
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Old 09-04-08, 06:58 AM
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Your bike is your salvation.

The more you ride, the less you need to smoke.

Get a craving? Fight it.. then as soon as possible get on your bike whether it be outside or indoors on a trainer and RIDE.

Ride for all those who are currently dying of lung cancer who were unable to quit.

Ride for all those teens you see today, who won't be able to quit and will die of lung cancer in 35 years.

Ride for all those bikes that have been neglected, lying face down in the muddy rain in someone's backyard. Rusted, rotting.... forgotten.

If anything, ride for the simple fact that in pet stores across the country there are little hamsters spinning like mad roadies... pushing serious wattage. I've seen em and I bet you have too. They totally crank on those wheels. Spin class instructors sit and watch hamsters for hours in total awe.

You'll be able to beat those little hamsters but you need to put down the smoke first!
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Old 09-04-08, 11:03 AM
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i started as a teen...smoking that is. STUPID! i guess if i'd been more athletic i never would have started...but i was skinny and athletically useless, so i thought smoking would even that out. I didn't think it made me cool though...i knew my being cool was a lost cause, LOL. But i totally regret that i started. However,i was never a heavy smoker, in fact i was always a very light smoker, but it's still STOOOPIT!
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Old 09-04-08, 01:23 PM
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Originally Posted by wabbit View Post
i guess if i'd been more athletic i never would have started
Don't count on it. I was a very involved athlete with track, cross country and basketball. Champion quarter miler in my city and everything. Swore I would never smoke of course then got to college and Mr. Impressionable had to join the crowd I was put in with. I was only 17 and not very confident.

Oh well, after 28 years of butts I've been clean for 10.

Like the Nike add said...."just do it" although it is a bit like telling a manic depressive to just cheer up!
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