Are cyclists nuts?

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Ben Day (Fly V Australia, NRC points leader) is either unaffected by grossness or doesn’t care about his health or something I don’t understand. You should read this Velonews article about his tapeworm experience. Let me tell you. If I pull a 3-4 foot worm out of my butt, I call 911. I don’t casually go out on a training ride and act as nothing has happened. And I don’t wait until I spend a night with a fever and chills on the toilet before calling my “team doctor” asking him what to do. I’m at the emergency room with the thing in a zip lock bag.

It kind of reminds me of watching Lance on Letterman or Leno talking about his testicular cancer discovery from way back. I don’t remember it exactly, but it was something like he said that when he woke, one of his testicles was the size of a grapefruit. And he waited a while and eventually called his neighbor, who was a doctor, to ask about it. Letterman, or whoever, said something like, “wow, if I wake up in the morning with a testicle the size of a grapefruit, I call an ambulance.” Then he asked Lance what he was thinking. And Lance’s answer was that no one likes going to the doctor.

I don’t get it. Especially in Ben Day’s case. I’ve had some pretty weird medical stuff happen to me over the years. In a lot of different countries. And I avoid hospitals and doctors for as long as possible when these medical problems occur. But, this is pretty cut and dry. 4 foot worm out of butt. Go to the hospital. Or better yet, the Center for Disease Control. Don’t wait until tomorrow. Now. And don’t train first.

P.S. You can check out Ben’s personal perspective in comments below. Glad he feels “human” again. Hopefully he’s going full speed by next week in Joe Martin. It is hard to believe he could be riding as fast as he has been this year. It could be ugly for the rest of us the remainder of the season.

P.P.S. You can sign up for the tapeworm/hookworm therapy here. Pretty creepy.

6 thoughts on “Are cyclists nuts?

  1. poyntell

    Beyond nuts. Right out of Alien Where is Sigorney Weaver when you need her??

  2. Ben

    Ha! Perhaps it was a little bit of denial. I really just went through the process and with important races coming up, I wanted to think positively that it wasn’t going to affect me. It sucks after so much hard work to have everything derail so easily. For me that gives extra credi to guys who are consistently on top. Like Lance winning 7 times – do you realize how many things could have gone wrong and maybe did? Managing those situations and overcoming them is essential to be successful.

    Thankfully I feel human again now…

  3. Kimberly

    What makes this story so funny and the reason I’m still laughing out loud is I can totally picture Jock doing something like this. When we were in Italy last week staying with some friends, doing a bunch of riding, Jock’s friend Ben says, “you know there’s something “off” with cyclists. They just spend too much time alone on a bike and they’re not right.” This is proof!!!

  4. ringcycles

    So, One trip to Mexico and I can make my ideal race weight, just take on the worm, cool, NOT. I made a joke years ago that the next chic diet technique would tape worm treatments. Little did I think it would ever happen.


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