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  •  I was really active. Not just the racing... (2+ / 0-)
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    xxdr zombiexx, Just Bob

    ...but I bicycled everywhere.  I could do 40 mile round trips by the time I was a teenager, and my lungs didn't hold me back like they did with my running.  I was biking everywhere well into the 2000s, when my bike finally fell apart, and being a grad student at the time, couldn't afford to replace it.

    I've not lived in bike-friendly areas since then, and I really, really miss just hopping on my bike and pedaling somewhere.  I ever get a job that pays a decent salary, I'm getting a decent touring recumbent bike and getting back onto the circuit.

    I don't want to be either, but right now, just climbing a few flights of stairs winds me.  Being forced to live a totally sedentary life due to my medical problems has taken its toll.

    •  I have been really lucky to not have (1+ / 0-)
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      any serious health issues other than poor eyesight (which is correlated with my high intelligence - guffaw) and annoying sinus issues (noses run in my family).

      Really sorry to hear about the asthma....

      The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men.

      by xxdr zombiexx on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 08:27:15 AM PST

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      •  Well, the asthma is no longer a factor! (1+ / 0-)
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        Just Bob

        It basically disappeared around the time I went to college, though it left my lungs permanently unable to support foot racing.

        What came later was ulcerative colitis, and that quite nearly killed me.  I've had that (mostly) corrected with surgery, but it's left me much poorer in stamina, and the steady, continuous decline in my income has left me living in places where outdoor exercise is hard to come by, and too much exercise causes more problems then it does good.  Kind of a teeter-totter balanced on a razor blade.  There are things I can do, though...I'm going to start a meditation and basic yoga class at work soon.

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