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CamusCamus Posts: 189
By no means am I a big drinker, I'll have a glass or two of red wine at the weekend and two 500ml bottles of beer/ale midweek but as of today I am cutting out the alcohol completely for the forseeable. What are your experiences giving up the drink, why did you cut it out, did it have a positive effect on your performance and fitness, and if so how much? :?:

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  • GabboGabbo Posts: 864
    Camus wrote:
    By no means am I a big drinker, I'll have a glass or two of red wine at the weekend and two 500ml bottles of beer/ale midweek but as of today I am cutting out the alcohol completely for the forseeable. What are your experiences giving up the drink, why did you cut it out, did it have a positive effect on your performance and fitness, and if so how much? :?:

    Yes, being busy mon-fri I really value my weekend rides. Since I usually drink either Fri or Sat night, it definitely has an impact on training. Drink driving is one thing, but drink cycling is quite another. Did consider it once, until that is, I got out of bed and realised I couldn't walk in a straight line.

    My reasons for limiting alcohol consumption are:

    Price
    Feel rough the following morning
    Dehydrated
    And quite simple, prevents me from going on a decent cycle.

    I drink in moderation, and am happy to share a bottle of wine with a friend every now and then. Don't quit it, but cut it to what you deem appropriate.
  • mattshropsmattshrops Posts: 1,134
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  • HerbsmanHerbsman Posts: 2,029
    I value cycling more than I value drinking. They don't really work together for me, there's no compromise.
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  • dzp1dzp1 Posts: 54
    this seems to agree.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3257708/

    bummer. I love a beer :(
  • jotkojotko Posts: 457
    Viktor3 wrote:
    dzp1 wrote:
    this seems to agree.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3257708/

    bummer. I love a beer :(

    study ignores affect of alcohol on moral fibre.

    I know it is bad for my physical health, but it is extremely good for my mental health.
  • ju5t1nju5t1n Posts: 2,028
    dzp1 wrote:
    this seems to agree.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3257708/

    bummer. I love a beer :(
    "However the notion that alcohol consumption effects performance has not received enough consistent validation to advance beyond being anecdotal. "
  • keef66keef66 Posts: 13,123
    jotko wrote:
    Viktor3 wrote:
    dzp1 wrote:
    this seems to agree.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3257708/

    bummer. I love a beer :(

    study ignores affect of alcohol on moral fibre.

    I know it is bad for my physical health, but it is extremely good for my mental health.

    I'm sure there are studies showing it's not good for either. Like all toxins, it's the dose that determines the damage it does.

    The older I get the more it seems to affect me, so nowadays I rarely have more than a couple of drinks at a time. Thus it has no effect on my modest cycling activities.
  • ShutUpLegsShutUpLegs Posts: 3,522
    Herbsman wrote:
    I value cycling more than I value drinking. They don't really work together for me, there's no compromise.

    This, and Its probably about valuing your body and health as well
  • real ale and bikes were made for each other - dont deny yourself - i'ts later than you think - both in moderation = happy days. :lol:
    The dissenter is every human being at those moments of his life when he resigns
    momentarily from the herd and thinks for himself.
  • MuffintopMuffintop Posts: 296
    I'm in between cutting it out completely, and just trying to be extra careful (because being just careful doesn't really working for me), I find the cycling makes me a really cheap date - especially when I move it up a gear on training - and the cocktail flu is hitting me worse and worse now. I do like the odd alcoholic drink, and I can stop at just the one, but I struggle when it's a social thing though.

    Mx
    FCN: Brompton: 12, Tourer: 7, Racer: 4

    http://www.60milestonod.blogspot.com
  • Muffintop wrote:
    I'm in between cutting it out completely, and just trying to be extra careful (because being just careful doesn't really working for me), I find the cycling makes me a really cheap date - especially when I move it up a gear on training - and the cocktail flu is hitting me worse and worse now. I do like the odd alcoholic drink, and I can stop at just the one, but I struggle when it's a social thing though.

    Mx

    have you had a few already? :wink:
  • MuffintopMuffintop Posts: 296
    have you had a few already? :wink:

    I did have wine gums at lunch time...
    FCN: Brompton: 12, Tourer: 7, Racer: 4

    http://www.60milestonod.blogspot.com
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