- Sep 25, 2009
i like your post for it's honesty and the similarity to my racing level and experience (though i used cycling mainly as an off-season supplement to my x-ski racing).The Mayor of BBQ said:I raced as a top-tier privateer cat 1 for 4 years all over the SE and beyond
won four state championship races, multiple top 10's in NRC races and top 15 at Crit nats
Smoked pot every single day
including sometimes I would race the pro-am and then dip into the woods course-side and smoke a blunt while watching the lower cats or masters or women
i used to ride solo centuries on training days and make 1-2 stops to smoke a bowl
never tested for PED, although I was a little paranoid of failing a test for recreational stuff-- that would have sucked
I never felt it impinged my performance... I went from Cat5 to Cat 3 in one season, Cat3 to Cat1 the next year, and raced as a Cat1 for the next 3 years
never made it onto a DIII team, but I always felt that had more to do with my racing age than any lack of performance on the bike
the only negative effect I found from racing and toking up was trouble maintaining my weight in the winter
I also never took PED or felt I had greater access to them due to my use of illegal recreational drugs
I did take two nodoze an hour before a TT at valley of the Sun one year... but that had more to do with being up in transit and bike assembly until the wee hrs of the AM.... more that than it had to do with desire to cheat
as a matter of fact it didn't even occur to me I had 'doped' until a couple weeks later
personally i never smoked neither pot nor used any ped as far as i know.
a genuine question: some friends who did smoke pot told me it has had calming and painkilling effect on them...if so wouldn't it help with racing pain and thus be considered performance enhancing ?