Anyone want to share how their cycling fitness improved after quitting? I think that's a cool incentive.
MikeBiker said:I'm not sure that there would be any meaningful improvement in fitness from quiting smoking. There have been lots of world class athletes who smoked without apparent performance problems.
It seems to me that if your lungs are filled with the soot of smoking that you wouldn't be able to process O2 to your blood as efficiently. So if you stopped smoking and your lungs cleared you could expect a performance boost. But so far no reports to this effect.MikeBiker said:I'm not sure that there would be any meaningful improvement in fitness from quiting smoking. The benefits of not smoking are that you don't do longterm damage to the lungs and the rest of the cardiovascular system. There have been lots of world class athletes who smoked without apparent performance problems (in the short term).
I actually read the same in an article once. (Velonews?) He was in Boulder recovering from his horrendous high speed crack up and I guess people had seen him partying and smoking. When he was asked about it he said he smoked "occasionally" as I recall and that it was no big deal. Not like a pack-a-day guy.botto said:got some proof on that? not disputing him being faster than any of us, but if he actually does, then maybe he'd have more of a career than he has.
http://www.nba.com/suns/news/adhs_smoking.htmlSuns legend Connie Hawkins, who hasn’t lit up for well-over two decades now, agrees that views on smoking have changed greatly over the years. In particular, he remembers an instance in 1973 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum. The Hawk was just killing time before meeting up with then-Suns Public Relations Director Tom Ambrose, when he got that urge.
“Tom came to get me to go do an interview at halftime with Al McCoy,” the Hall of Famer recalled. “He walked into the locker room and I was sitting there waiting. Jerry was being interviewed and Tom came over to me. I said, 'Hold on... Jerry!’ And Jerry turned around. 'Throw me a smoke.’ So he threw me a cigarette. Tom saw that and said, 'Now I know I’ve arrived in the NBA.’ That’s what it was like back then.”
Kudos to you and the other former smokers. I have no doubt that not-smoking is it's own reward in spades with variety of great benefits but was really wanting to know if someone smoked and cycled and then quit and suddenly got faster?El Guapo said:I smoked for nearly 8 years (1pack to 1.5 packs per day). I tended to prefer the filterless as well. One morning 4 years ago, I woke up and decided I had had enough. I did some minor research on road bikes (I had ridden when I was in my early teens) and then went out and bought a steel Univega on sale for $899. I went out and completed a 4 mile ride and thought I would have to go to the emergency room upon completion. It felt like I had been sucker punched in the gut! I had never realized to that point just how far my cardiovascular system had degenerated. I continued pressing myself to ride anywhere from 4-10 miles on average per day after that. Within a month I was up to 20-25 mile rides. Within another month, I was able to ride 40-50 miles comfortably. After 6 months, I completed my first century. After 1 year, I raced my first CatV race and finished 3rd. My resting HR fell from a high of 68 to 55 within that first year. Now it's down to where it was before I started smoking, 44. I'll never fully recover from the damage I did to myself smoking all those years, but I can say definitively that choosing to quit smoking and start riding instead has saved my health and my life.
El Guapo said:I'll never fully recover from the damage I did to myself smoking all those years, but I can say definitively that choosing to quit smoking and start riding instead has saved my health and my life.