Should I tell or keep quiet?

Discussion in 'Training, Fitness and Health' started by in difficulty, 19 Jun 2008.

  1. in difficulty

    in difficulty New Member

    Modesto, CA.
    I am a total newbie who is using cycling as a way to get fit after a heart attack and open heart surgery last October.
    I plan on jumping in with a group who go 25 to 30 miles once a week.
    The question is should I let them know about my condition or should I say nothing?
    I tested myself a little by going 25 miles on my own. I averaged 15 mph and had no trouble doing so. I think I can hang with the group for awhile. I can always head to the barn if I get dropped.
    Would you want to know? Would you rather I not jump in on a ride with you?
    Opinions please.
  2. punkypossum

    punkypossum Donut Devil

    I would let them know...if anything happened (even an accident that had nothing to do with your heart condition), there would be someone who could inform the medics, etc.
  3. summerdays

    summerdays Cycling in the sun Moderator

    I am frequently on the recieving end of not being told about various medical/ other conditions, and I prefer to be told in advance rather than "finding out". So far nothing major has ever happened ... yet.

    I wouldn't have a problem riding with you (apart from the fact I probably wouldn't be fast enough), just I would prefer to know. Even if you don't tell everyone, at least tell a couple of them.
  4. yello

    yello Legendary Member

    No question mate, tell them.
  5. John the Monkey

    John the Monkey Frivolous Cyclist

    What they said.
  6. shooter560

    shooter560 New Member

    Most definately tell them, I also suffered a HA last year (Dec) though no bypass yet, I took up cycling after the doc said do some excercise, I go out as much as possible with the groups, they all know and are OK if I need to just sit in a suck wheels, they also know if I can do my part I will. I also got them to agree if I drop off the back because I just run out of steam they are not to slow or stop for me.

    In the last 10 weeks I've gone from sucking wheels all the time to spending most of the ride on the front if I'm with the slower group (15-19mph avg), or being middle/back of the pack in the fast group (18-23mpg avg), yes I get dropped on occasions but this is less and less.

    Just tell everyone, ride within your abilities and you will see improvements, just don't rush things and as you've had a bypass keep your doctor in the loop.
  7. domtyler

    domtyler Über Member

    You can tell them but you will never be able to 'un-tell' them. Why not wait and test the water for a few weeks first before making a firm decision?
  8. walker

    walker New Member

    Bromley, Kent
    I would mention it in passing, I wouldn't come straight out with it as they could get a little nervous with you around
  9. Cycling Naturalist

    Cycling Naturalist Legendary Member

    A friend of mine had a heart attack and asked me to take him walking up Snowdon, as he'd never done it before. We did it and he's still alive. It's best to be frank with people but also to make it clear that they're not to take it easy on you and slow the pace down.
  10. yenrod

    yenrod Guest

    Id let the Dr decide this one 'in' !
  11. Bill Gates

    Bill Gates Senior Member

    West Sussex
    I've had two heart attacks. The last one was June 2007. If you feel OK then I can't see a problem. i always carry 6 x aspirin and a nitrate spray just in case of further problems. In my experience other riders are well impressed when you tell them as they expect Heart Attack victims to be infirm. I'm racing a 10 mile TT on Saturday and in my last one about 5 weeks ago did 24.03. If I can do it so can you.
  12. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    if you're sure you're fit to ride, and you've have to be surely?

    why any need to tell them?
  13. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    I'd tell them.
    I've told my club that I have a stented artery and need to limit my heart rate and start slowly. On our group training run they'll let me have a minutes start to "get-going" and then let me hop into the group. They also know if I'm just sitting at the back then I'll be running at my max HR, so there's no issues about not working in the group.
    My regular cycling chums know I have GTN spray in my saddle-pack as well.

    Just seems common sense to me.
  14. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    different thing fab surely, you have requirements, OP seemingly doesn't?
  15. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

    Oh, for sure... it's all down to what the cardiologist recommends and the risk of repetition with over-exertion.
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