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Post Script: Another clue that MX riders are very fit. One of the essential pieces of safety equipment that a MX rider absolutely has to have is a kidney belt. A kidney belt is kind of like a corset. For the MX rider you have to have one, just as you need a helmet. Well you only need a helmet just in case you crash. A kidney belt holds your kidneys in place. If you’re a serious rider you body fat composition drops below 10%. Your kidneys are supported by your body fat. To little body fat does not support your kidneys, thus you need the kidney belt. Floating kidneys coupled with all the rough jerking that the body goes through in a MX race means that you are going to be in serious pain from the kidneys. Just as someone had punched you in the kidney; if you try and race without one.

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Leeza,

Well, come on down! We will gladly be your tour guides and workout buddies. ;)

That doesn't surprise me about motocross though. Pro racers do 30 minute plus one lap mottos. They only do two mottos now. In the 70s, when motocross was in its prime, the pros did three mottos.

It is one of the few sports that works every muscle in your body, which is probably why it was compared to cross country skiing. Hubby has surprised a few fitness trainers. He is able to keep his heart rate, at his normal rate, for a very long time, while working out. I have often wondered how much motocross plays a part in that.

Carrie

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And I'm pretty sure that the marathon runner would not have the strength needed for motocross racing. A "fit" athlete like a sprinter would also struggle in the marathon.

There are different levels of fitness. I competed in a sport that required both strength and endurance. Marathon runners do not need to do as much strength work as a middle distance runner, speed skater, or a rower, for example. The context of the conversation I had with the sports doc was the kind of fitness level and body type found in sports that need both superior power and stamina.

I am not an expert, nor did I want to open a debate about who the "fittest" athletes are... but actually this is kind of fun! So debate away-- masterdebaters!!!

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I saw an Iron Man Motocross competition on ESPN last year. That is more than your usual competiotion. You have a huge course, have to get up moutains, even in mud. So many people dropped out in the first day. I think it was three days of racing.

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My ex was not a professional motocross racer, but he did ride dirt bikes like a motocross racer. He found it was more enjoyable than motorcycles, but he did mention it takes alot of physical endurance.

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Have you ever tried to even casual motor cross? Watch a MX race and study the legs. You should see as they go up and down the bumps and jumps they use their legs as shock absorbers. They are almost always off of the seat. Kind of like doing a couple a thousand knee benders. Plus the way they have to hold on to and toss around through the curves a motor bike that weighs more than a few hundred pounds. It is a lot of work!

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Back in the mid 1980s I was an athlete and competed in international competition several times. Twice I medaled in the World Championships. As member of the US National Team and an Olympic Team candidate I was tested and studied often (sometimes felt like a lab rat)-- VO2 max, lung capacity, blood tests, muscle biopsies (which hurt like hell). One of the sports physioliogy doctors who was studying us mentioned other sports where the athletes are at the top for cardiovascular fitness. Most of them were obvious, but he mentioned motocross racers as being exceptionally fit (as fit as cross country skiers) which surprised and interested me. Anyway, my source is anacdotal, but I believe to be credible and based on research.

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Carrie-- Mrs Leeza and I would like to take a trip down to Corpus Christi to meet you and maybe do a few "workouts" together.

...and I see in your profile that your hubby is a motocross racer. Speaking of fitness, I was surprised to find out that motocross racers are among the fittest athletes in any sport... pretty cool!

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Damn! I almost missed a compliment from Leeza. I really need to come in this topic more often.

Carrie

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This was my first longer race and I went with friends from the gym. Now thinking of doing the half in Philly. Sorry to hear about B, hope he heals fast. I probably could have finished better, but the heat was a killer. On top of that, I have a cold. I finished in 1:42.

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