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    Training with out the bike.

    I was told a couple of days ago that I have to stop riding my bikes for the next 3 months due to possible infertility issues that my wife and I are going thru. I have searched on the internet and know that most of what is out there about infertility and cycling is suspect and there doesn't seem to be any real study out there that says it causes infertility. With that said my wife and I want to start a family and that is my first and foremost concern. We will be seeing her Ob/Gyn in a little over a week and will discuss what more I need to do. The most heartbreaking thing about this for me is that I'm in the Leadville 100 race this year as I got in last year doing a qualifier. Needless to say 3 months off the bike is going to make it really tough to get ready for it. I will also add that my wife has been fantastic and said that I should just keep riding and do the race and then we can worry about it, but I've made her wait long enough.

    Now I'm asking you guys what I should do for the next 3 months to keep up my endurance as best as I can. I know it won't be the same as being on the bike, but the hope is that I will be able to get back on the bike in 3 months and that will give me 4 months to hopefully prepare for Leadville. Any ideas? Right now the only idea I have is running which I hated doing as a kid. I might enjoy it now and will probably start running tomorrow.

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    Can you train with elliptical and stair machines? i think it is better than running. Also, consider the spin bike. But on the spin bike you would strictly do out of saddle riding. I can spend 60-90 minutes on a spin bike out of the saddle, so it is still a very good workout.
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    Please tell me you went to a fertility specialist and your wife's OB isn't just jumping to conclusions. Start running a bit, hit the elliptical but maybe you want to spend the next 3 months in the gym. Hit your legs hard, youtube Step ups or take a look at some YouTube videos of lance armstrongs workout videos for a few small ideas. start Swimming, that will get you in shape and work the core. Or if you do hit the gym already, swallow your pride and try out a few aerobic classes or a Body Pump class.

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    +1 running.

    Also - how about a recumbent? I think the cycling fertility thing is all about incorrectly fitted saddles for upright bikes.
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    I have a trainer and have thought about getting on it without sitting. Good ideas guys and keep them coming. No fertility specialists as we are just starting all this. I will definitely be looking to get a hold of a specialist, but for now will go along with the ob/gyn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muahdib View Post
    I have a trainer and have thought about getting on it without sitting. Good ideas guys and keep them coming. No fertility specialists as we are just starting all this. I will definitely be looking to get a hold of a specialist, but for now will go along with the ob/gyn.
    I would at least just go get your Sperm count checked so your not just going along with the OBGYN and having them think its your problem becuase you cycle. Easy test to save you alot of hassly and help identify if your count is low and then you know and you do not have to alter your cycling just because.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muahdib View Post
    I was told a couple of days ago that I have to stop riding my bikes for the next 3 months due to possible infertility issues that my wife and I are going thru. I have searched on the internet and know that most of what is out there about infertility and cycling is suspect and there doesn't seem to be any real study out there that says it causes infertility. With that said my wife and I want to start a family and that is my first and foremost concern. We will be seeing her Ob/Gyn in a little over a week and will discuss what more I need to do. The most heartbreaking thing about this for me is that I'm in the Leadville 100 race this year as I got in last year doing a qualifier. Needless to say 3 months off the bike is going to make it really tough to get ready for it. I will also add that my wife has been fantastic and said that I should just keep riding and do the race and then we can worry about it, but I've made her wait long enough.

    Now I'm asking you guys what I should do for the next 3 months to keep up my endurance as best as I can. I know it won't be the same as being on the bike, but the hope is that I will be able to get back on the bike in 3 months and that will give me 4 months to hopefully prepare for Leadville. Any ideas? Right now the only idea I have is running which I hated doing as a kid. I might enjoy it now and will probably start running tomorrow.
    I spent one full month riding standing only on the bike (for some health problems). I rode mostly in big ring and within one or two of the tallest gear on the rear....didn't lose much in the way of conditioning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muahdib View Post
    I was told a couple of days ago that I have to stop riding my bikes for the next 3 months due to possible infertility issues that my wife and I are going thru. I have searched on the internet and know that most of what is out there about infertility and cycling is suspect and there doesn't seem to be any real study out there that says it causes infertility. With that said my wife and I want to start a family and that is my first and foremost concern. We will be seeing her Ob/Gyn in a little over a week and will discuss what more I need to do. The most heartbreaking thing about this for me is that I'm in the Leadville 100 race this year as I got in last year doing a qualifier. Needless to say 3 months off the bike is going to make it really tough to get ready for it. I will also add that my wife has been fantastic and said that I should just keep riding and do the race and then we can worry about it, but I've made her wait long enough.

    Now I'm asking you guys what I should do for the next 3 months to keep up my endurance as best as I can. I know it won't be the same as being on the bike, but the hope is that I will be able to get back on the bike in 3 months and that will give me 4 months to hopefully prepare for Leadville. Any ideas? Right now the only idea I have is running which I hated doing as a kid. I might enjoy it now and will probably start running tomorrow.
    First of all wish you and your wife the best of luck in starting your family. I'm here on a Friday night watching tangled with my daughter and wouldn't have it any other way! I do agree with the other post, don't just rely on the obgyns word and do go visit an urologist. There are a few concerns with biking, specially endurance training as it does lower your testosterone and the heat in your crutch ect. ect. But do have an urologist check you out as he/she may tell you that you are fine and the training for you won't hurt your fertility. Everybody is different.

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    You need to get your ejaculate tested by Doctor and a lab. Do not rely on some hearsay that riding your bike is causing infertility issues. If you have already had that done and that is the cause than accept the no bike clause, if not get tested.

    O/W just keep aerobically fit for the next 3 months and than ride your bike after that. The ride is not till August anyway. Have fun making a baby!

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    1) do not stress out of trying to get pregnant! Don't have sex because you try to get pregnant. Enjoy each other by having LOTs of sex. Pregnancy will come soon enough. I know this because we went through this similar problem. Stress can be a killer
    2)yeah, running will help
    3) lots of core work out.

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    I have been tested in the middle of December and the numbers were low, but I have heard from many that multiple tests need to be done to get an accurate picture. Thanks for the responses and well wishes. We certainly have fun trying though! I hope to have a much clearer picture when we go back to her Doc middle of January. Keep up the ideas.

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    I have to repeat what another said here, DO NOT STRESS over it. Boxers for underwear, no alcohol and lots of spontaneous sex with no expectations.

    Good luck im pulling for you and your wife~!! (As I sit here with my 6 month old on my lap totally in Love with life and wishing you the same!)
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    I live in snow country and take a good two and a half, three month break from the bike. I keep my motor in shape with Nordic and backcountry skiing. I might spend time on the spin bikes in the gym just to keep some muscle memory in my legs, but I actually think it's good to take a break. Of course if you don't live were skiing is an option that doesn't do you much good although you can go the roller ski route.

    Otherwise running, rowing, swimming can all good endurance/cardio activities that are easy on your taint.

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    An update on the situation. Went to the doc today and all her tests came back normal so she appears to be a-ok. We're both very thankful for this. Doc also said that even though my numbers are low, they aren't so low that we can't get pregnant. The wife and I have decided that I will go about another month off the bike and then I will start training on the bike again until the race in August. Obviously if we're still not pregnant I will be off the bike after that. Doc said that we are still young enough that it isn't a problem to wait a few months. Hopefully we'll get pregnant and not even have to worry about any of this. Fingers crossed.

    Thanks for the support and ideas guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Muahdib View Post
    I was told a couple of days ago that I have to stop riding my bikes for the next 3 months due to possible infertility issues that my wife and I are going thru. I have searched on the internet and know that most of what is out there about infertility and cycling is suspect and there doesn't seem to be any real study out there that says it causes infertility. With that said my wife and I want to start a family and that is my first and foremost concern. We will be seeing her Ob/Gyn in a little over a week and will discuss what more I need to do. The most heartbreaking thing about this for me is that I'm in the Leadville 100 race this year as I got in last year doing a qualifier. Needless to say 3 months off the bike is going to make it really tough to get ready for it. I will also add that my wife has been fantastic and said that I should just keep riding and do the race and then we can worry about it, but I've made her wait long enough.

    Now I'm asking you guys what I should do for the next 3 months to keep up my endurance as best as I can. I know it won't be the same as being on the bike, but the hope is that I will be able to get back on the bike in 3 months and that will give me 4 months to hopefully prepare for Leadville. Any ideas? Right now the only idea I have is running which I hated doing as a kid. I might enjoy it now and will probably start running tomorrow.
    My wife and I are going through the exact same thing right now. The biking thing was discussed by the fertility clinic that we are going to but they haven't asked me yet to stop riding the bike. Make sure you have your sperm checked, if everything meets the average ranges for all of the things they check, there is no reason to stop biking. Without knowing what's been checked or discussed, it sounds like your ob/gyn or whoever told you to stop may be just jumping to conclusions.
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    In addition to what others have said (don't stress too much, make sure your sperm levels are OK, etc) I can tell you what happened to my wife and me.

    -tried for almost two years with no success other than 2 miscarriages
    -then we stopped scheduling our sex life
    -my Mother sent my wife a prayer card (I'm not a religious person, but hey)
    -my wife started taking Robitussin(link about cough syrup & fertilization)

    about 10mos later our first baby was born and now we have two amazing kids

    Good luck.

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