I thought I was tough, it was just the dope

So about a month ago I was given a prescription for something called Prednisone for my wrist wound that wouldn’t heal.  I didn’t think much about it until a few days ago when I was reading an article about a French cyclist who was caught doping.  The list of 12 banned substances in his blood included Prednisone. 

I haven’t taken the medicine in about a week and I’ve noticed that I can get sore muscles again.  This morning I crawled out of bed with muscles everywhere feeling tight and stiff for the first time in weeks.  I should have known something was up, a couple of weeks ago I lifted weights on a Thursday, rode 5 hours on Saturday morning, went to the gym Saturday night, and rode 3 hours Sunday.  I should have been unable to move on Monday morning, but I got up feeling great and ran beating my best times.  I thought the years of training and hard work were starting to pay off.  It was just the dope.

A little research on Prednisone told me it’s not an anabolic steroid and not something likely to give you a boost in muscle gain or performance.  It is a powerful anti-inflamatory and pain reliever, also in its long list of side effects is the oddly worded, “May cause inappropriate happiness.” 

Glad I’m off it, don’t want any inappropriate happiness in my life!  Plus these sore muscles are a reminder of why I ride a bike and train.  To suffer. 


About Matt Gholson

Cycling, school teaching, husband.
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3 Responses to I thought I was tough, it was just the dope

  1. Uh-oh! You gonna have to surrender any titles or trophies?

  2. Steve says:

    A doping scandal hits Barn Door Cycling!

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