Blood Test Results

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Man, can you get a full day in when the day starts before 4 am. I really enjoyed watching the Cyclo-X Worlds Live though. The feed on the men’s race was frustrating for a little while, but it was only down for a few minutes total here.

After the race, I was going out to get some coffee and drove by the Blood Donation Center and stopped. I really stopped just to ask them what my blood type was. We were having a discussion over dinner a while back and I said I had no idea. Everyone thought that was stupid. I figure it is valueless knowing because in this day and age, they will always type you before they give you any blood. But, I was curious. It turned out to be AB+, which means I can accept blood from nearly anyone. I guess that is a good thing to know.

Anyway, they talked me into donating once I was there. They really didn’t have to talk me into it. I’ve read a little on the subject and it is actually good for you to donate blood, at least annually. There are lots of benefits. One study says it reduces the chances of heart attacks in men up to 50%. Athletically, it stimulates your body into producing new red cells, which we can all use of course. And also, Andreas Knickman is having a blood drive in LA on Feb. 3rd. I’m not going to be out there for that, so I thought I do it here in his name. It is so easy and takes no time at all.

I’ve donated blood 3 times in the last couple years and have felt great riding every time afterward the following weeks. You’d think it would be opposite. Less red cells, less ability to carry oxygen, ride slower. But, that hasn’t been my experience.

I got an early season blood test done a couple days ago too. So, to be totally transparent, here they are. If you want to get one of your own, it is super cheap, just ordering them off the internet, at EconoLabs. $19 for a CBC. They use LabCorp, which are located all over the country. I’m not sure why I keep getting these. It’s not like I have anyway to change it. I am nearly over the 50% hematocritthreshold. That is pretty high considering I haven’t been to altitude for a month. My hematocrit has always been pretty high, but this is on the high side for me. I’m not sure what that is all about, but I can’t complain.


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Good cause if you are in the area.

Blood going out again. I wonder how much better I'd ride if it was going in? I'll never know.

5 thoughts on “Blood Test Results

  1. Rob

    Really appreciate this post, Steve. Giving blood is so important and so easy. Your clarity and transparency about it all helps a lot.

     
  2. Jeff Unruh

    You may have been a little dehydrated when you gave your sample. Most people are. If you are then your % goes up slightly. Try giving a sample sometime when you are fully hydrated and it will probably not so close to the UCI limit! Hah!

     
  3. trey

    I’ve tested just under or just over 50% hct in every blood test I’ve had done. I’ve made sure I was fully hydrated. Thanks Mom and Dad.
    It looks like your allergies aren’t raging right now. Curious to see what you look like in April/May.
    BTW- congrats on your WC performance. We know it’s not what you wanted, but it’s freakin’ incredible to us mortals.

     
  4. davidh

    Thanks for this post – it motivated me to give blood for the first time today. Supplies are low due to the weather this week, so it was a good thing to do. But I’ve always assumed I would keel over after donating. Thank you for dispelling that.

     

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