My prostate gland, left nerve bundle, 12 lymph nodes and a margin of tissue were removed by laprascopic surgery in December 2012.
I returned to cycling short distances on a Hybrid Bike with front suspension in 2013. I progressed to longer distances and in March 2015 restarted club cycling on a road bike covering distances of 30 to 60 miles. In 2015, I completed several sportives of 25, 65, 75 and 93 miles.
My road bike is a TREK DOMANE 4.5 with the standard saddle. I suffer from incontinence and wear pads night and day. However the combination of wearing a pad under my tight fitting Lycra Cycle clothing and my urethra being mostly against the saddle has allowed me to ride distances of ups to 100 miles without any problems. Providing I can access some form of toilet (Tree bush whatever) when I get of the bike. I ride every week end often both Saturday and Sunday with a group of club cyclists between 30 and 100 miles and often during the week.
The repeated questions by specialist nurses and the so called incontinence service regarding pelvic floor exercises has often caused me some amusement. As given the amount of exercise I do I would be surprised if my pelvic floor is not in peak condition. Or if not any pelvic floor exercises would be unlikely to help. However a Dynamic Video Study of my urinary system in 2015 confirmed that my incontinence is due to nerve damage. Hardly surprising following removal of my left nerve bundle in 2012 and permanent damage at T9/10 in my Spinal Cord due to an Intramural Tumour removed in February 2009.
This month I successfully completed two STRAVA CHALLENGEs to gain an electronic badge for my on-line trophy case. The first being a GRAND FONDO (100 Km in one round trip recorded on a Cycle computer and uploaded to STRAVA) the second being to climb at least 4,500 Meters in March. I rode 117.5 Km to complete the distance challenge and so far have climbed 5,687 M on my bike with four days to go.
The sportive I completed in 2015 were the Prostate Cancer Scotland (Auchterarder) 26 miles, The DCC Tour of the Kingdom (Fife) 65 miles, The TESCO BANK Tour of the Borders (Peebles) 75 miles and the Isle of Sky Mor 93 miles.
I hope the above encourages others to get on their bikes.
For those who don't know STRAVA provide the following definition at STRAVA.COM.
Strava is the Swedish word for “strive,” which epitomizes who we are and what we do: If you’re striving to improve, no matter your goals or ability, you’re one of us.
Strava is the social network for athletes. We’re a global community of millions of runners, cyclists and triathletes, united by the camaraderie of sport. Our website and mobile apps bring athletes together from all walks of life and inspire them to unlock their potential – both as individuals and as communities. From Olympians to weekend warriors, we’re out there on the road and trail, all over the world, day after day.
As for Erectile problems see the following:
There have been attempts to prevent NHS prescriptions for Vacuum Pumps for men with erectile dysfunction. So a petition has been started to persuade the government to debate the issue.
PetitionVacuum Erection Devices should remain as a high priority treatment for ED
An increasing number of CCG's are restricting the availability of Vacuum Erection Devices as a treatment for erectile dysfunction on community FP10 prescription by listing it as a "low priority" treatment against the grain of clinical evidence and recommendation by Urological Consultant Specialists
Numerous published studies exist supporting the use of VED's as a safe, effective and high compliance treatment for erectile dysfunction of all aetiologies and as a penile rehabilitation tool post pelvic cancer treatment eg prostatectomy. Supported also by organisations such as the British Society of Sexual Medicine, MacMillan and Prostate Cancer UK, and sexual health specialists across the UK. Low cost option with up to a 5 year warranty with no effective restriction on frequency of use.
NOTE: Having had problems obtaining a Vacuum Pump but when I did finding it very beneficial I supported this petition immediately. The petition is fairly new so when i signed the total number who had signed was 80 and at least 10,000 signatures are required before the government will respond.
Please sign the petition by following the link: https://petition.parliam...ors/7Ioz2agBQwVobayJYydt