The many years of being a cyclist and nothing else have been incredible rewarding, but they haven't been kind on my bones. The lifestyle accompanying a young endurance athlete, like myself, concerned about spending time "off my legs" and walking the line between being too exhausted to get out my own way one week and flying the next is somewhat of a perfect storm for bone loss. Whether it is a lifestyle that definitively lead to where I am now is not something I can answer, but I can say that it is not recommended for someone in my shoes moving forward. I plan to focus on returning my bones to health over the next several years so that its not an issue I'm struggling with much later in my life. Through improved diet, more variety and moderation in exercise, and a bone-building medication, Forteo, I hope to pass this stage of worrying about my bone health. I hope to develop habits and a lifestyle that will stick with me forever.
I am more than happy to offer information or advice to other cyclists who might have questions about cycling and bone density. I think the first step is assessing one's own risk to osteoporosis and taking preventive steps into consideration. Many are really trivial and have no downside, but if the acknowledgment of risk is missing, so is the motivation to do anything about it. Please don't hesitate to contact me with questions. blake [at ] blakecaldwell dot com
Now its time to move on to a new stage of life with new challenges, new faces, and new opportunities. It seems everywhere I look now there is an exciting new challenge or something to learn.