Wednesday, April 29, 2009

testosterone patch

Honestly I'd like to try one of these some time.

The whole performance enhancing drug scene doesn't impress me in the least, I think cheaters are amongst the lowest forms of life, but I can't say that I'm not curious as to the effects of HGH, EPO and the like. Guys dope and get caught all the time, but depending on who you listen to, everyone that isn't caught is either completely clean or completely dirty. There is one indisputable fact: none of them are me.

Isn't it hypocritical for people that have no idea what sort of effect the go-go juice has on performance to criticize those who use them? How do we know how much they help without first hand knowledge? Maybe they don't help that much at all. To assist us in properly scaling our disdain for cheaters we should all get a shot at trying some of this stuff out so we know exactly what kind of an effect it would have.

But blood transfusions and anything else delivered via a needle seem hardcore, the heroin of performance enhancers: serious shite. The testosterone patch is like marijuana... it'll still get you high but you're not a junkie if you dabble in it.

None of this will ever happen but if there was a gun to my head and I had to choose one performance enhancer I'd go with the patch and get my Floyd Landis on.


TomN said...

Matt, you should check out this documentary "Bigger, Stronger, Faster". I watched it last weekend and thought it showed good perspective from both sides of the coin. Floyd makes a cameo in it too. One of the libraries in the central mass network has it for loan.

Review on Metacritic...


Steve said...

You can instant download it from Netflix if you are hooked up. Great movie.

DC said...

Matt, a couple years ago I participated in a study being done by some friends at the UMASS Amherst Exercise science department. If I remember correctly it was about how differences in testosterone levels affected glucose absorption. It was for a researcher who does a ton of stuff with diabetes. Anyway I took a testosterone suppressor (via needle, which I had to jab into my stomach) for 3 days followed by monitored exercise. The next week was the "high" testosterone level where I took the patch for 3 days followed by monitored exercise. Honestly I could not tell any difference at all between the two conditions. This was during the off season and was not training hard or racing though and it was only 1 patch per day.

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