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cycling and depression
Last Post 02/02/2014 10:47 PM by jacques anquetil. 4 Replies.
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jacques_anquetil

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02/01/2014 10:55 AM
two articles crossed my web browser in the same day. interesting stuff, especially the link to overtraining and its very close physical and psychological resemblance to clinical depression.

http://www.theguardian.com/sport/10...ew=desktop

http://www.canada.com/olympics/news...th-success

Read Gillian Carleton's article over at bicycling.com. it's quite harrowing. http://www.bicycling.com/news/pro-c...ng-silence
Master50

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02/01/2014 12:44 PM
JA I read that last year and was very concerned for Gillian. I never would have imagined her suffering from depression as she always came across as a very happy person. I was very pleased to see her racing again and her recent signing with Vanderkitten. I have found that cycling is my treatment for depression. Since I found cycling as an adult some 28 years ago it has been the mainstay of my mental health. Any long period without exercise usually developed into a bought with the blues. A few good long rides and my head straightens out but it can be a real problem if it goes too long like if an injury keeps me off the bike. For me exercise is my best anti-depressant but one point is overtraining gets the opposite effect and drives me downhill so balance is critical.
huckleberry

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02/01/2014 05:11 PM
Thanks for posting.
zootracer

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02/01/2014 05:32 PM
19 million of American's suffer from depression. For me it was a way out. When I'm on my bike, all is well. I can sort out my problems (most went away when I retired). During the winter when I can't ride I can get really down on myself. A new set of tires, the wind at my back and the sun in my face makes me a happy person. Life can be complicated if we choose to make it so....
jacques_anquetil

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02/02/2014 10:47 PM
amen, zoot, amen.
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