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6/5/12 6:56 P

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Marathons runners typically have enzymes in their blood indicating heart damage after events. We get stronger when we stress our bodies then recover. When the amount of stress we put our body through surpasses its ability to recover we wear it down instead of building it up.
Exercise is good for us; more exercise is better to a point. Too much exercise is counterproductive and injurious. Granted most people don't have the motivation to push their bodies to the point of self-destruction but those who take things to extremes can harm their health.

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5/25/12 4:50 P

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Giant Steps--I just read somewhere recently that the super endurance events do take years off competitors' lives. I can't recall if there was some threshold where you went from health improvement to health detriment. I'm having a brain fart--can't recall what I was reading.

There's research that endurance running causes bone loss: www.youtube.com/watch?v=MDMXRgIOJlM . I imagine this applies to any endurance sport in varying degrees. The book is on my reading list--the author is local--and several running friends have recommended the book.

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5/24/12 1:55 P

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Re: "take years off competitor's"...what, lives...? Take years off their life?

Just curious...seemed like there was a word or two missing.

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5/24/12 1:10 P

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I've followed the RAAM since the first one that was called the Great American Bike Race that was won by Lon Haldeman. I read about the first race in Bicycling magazine in the early 1980's.
While I've always had a morbid fascination with the event and can't imagine what the competitors must endure I also can't really take it seriously as a bicycle race. It basically comes down to sleep deprivation. The first American to ride in the Tour de France Jacques Boyer rode the RAAM and his plan was to be able to ride enough faster than everyone else that he could get some sleep but even a rider of his calibre had to abandon his plan and ride almost straight through it to win.
Exercise physiologists I've talked to believe that events like this can take years off competitor's I can see endurance events up to 48 hours, after that it seems to be a contest of which of the top competitors can sleep the least.

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5/24/12 12:05 P

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Those Adventure Cycling ads sure do get one's mind and fancy wandering...lol!

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I've been dreaming of biking cross country for years. It's on my calendar for Spring 2015. I read all of the classifieds for cycling partners in Adventure Cycling Magazine and think one of these days that's going to be me.

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5/23/12 7:59 A

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RAAM is a super event, however, for the super humans, nothing beats the "Tour de France". Those folks are going all out every day (except for the 2 rest days) for 3 weeks. The wattage that those guys pull day in and day out are incredible. Watching those guys climb hills at speeds most of us could not match on flat terrain, is a testament to their skill, endurance, and willingness to overcome incredible pain.

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5/22/12 9:54 P

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The RAAM is by far the most epic race of them all.

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RAAM is an amazing event! Would love to be able to have the time & $$$ to just *ride*, not race, across America...lol!

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The Race Across America (RAAM) begins on June 12. Follow the cyclists at www.raceacrossamerica.org/raam/raam.
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This race is the ultimate test of endurance. Riders are expected to finish the race in anywhere from 6 (teams) to 10 (women) days. They ride night & day almost non-stop. Pick a cyclist or team and cheer them on. Better yet, make a donation to their cause to show your support. I'm following Love, Sweat & Gears--a team of 4 women in their 50s.

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