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

Read Gillian Carleton's article over at it's quite harrowing.


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.


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


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....


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

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