Guest Posted February 12, 2004 Share Posted February 12, 2004 Hi everyone. It's been quite some time since I've posted regarding my mountain biking exploits; there's been quite a few serious issues being dealt with, as well as at least 300 more people register -- many of which have had some type of lung surgery. Many people wonder what type of lifestyle is possible with less lung capacity. I certainly did. Would I always function on short, shallow breaths? Would I always be out of breath climbing a flight of stairs? Could I still ride my bike? Up a hill? Well, yes, I will always be out of breath at the top of a flight of stairs. But it's a good out of breath -- not short and shallow anymore -- but deep and full. This morning I ran up 150 flights of stairs before starting work. Every breath I take fills my lung down to the bottom, and it feels good. And ride my bike -- up a hill? I live for hills!! They are the best part of biking now. My signature says "Positive attitude and exercise rules". It shouldn't matter what age you were when you experienced lung capacity depletion, if you can combine exercise with some positive attitude, you will experience the benefits that will enhance your lifestyle. Lung capacity will increase. Muscle strength will improve, which in turn will help with good skeletal support and posture. If you take that one step further and add or maintain a healthy, well balanced diet to the exercise and positive attitude... Well, I don't mean to sound preachy, but this combination has worked for me, and if my experiences can help dismiss some anxiety about living on a decreased lung capacity, then I don't mind. For those who are new here and don't know me, I rode in the 24hrs of Adrenalin World Solo Mountain Bike Race up in Whistler B.C. last Sept. I completed 11 laps in the 24hrs for 156 miles of tough, hilly terrain, and placed ninth in the world. I'm already registered and am training for this year's race, and am determined to complete at least 13 laps for 185 miles this time. For those of you who live in western Canada, the televised coverage of the race will be Thursday, Feb. 12 at 7:00 Mountain and Pacific time on Rogers Sportsnet. I was one of the featured riders in the program -- I think because I competed against two lungers. I don't know what time it will be aired in the rest of Canada -- check your local listings for "24hrs of Adrenalin". As for you nice folks to the south of me, if you have a sattelite dish you may get it, but as of yet neither ABC nor NBC has picked it up, but the producers are hopeful. I am trying to learn how to compress and stream video so I could send it to anyone interested. I have to figure this out soon so I can send Laurie some video for the movie she has spearheaded about lung cancer, so if there's anyone who can guide me this it would speed things up. I am also trying to learn how to build my own website so I could put all the video footage on it so anyone can access it. Take what you will from this post. It is meant to provide a bit of hope for those going through surgery and wondering what may be in store for you. A positive attidude when combined with exercise sure can't hurt. You decide. Take care. David Piercy Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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