It takes a couple of weeks for the first implant to start working, and perhaps 3 weeks for your testosterone to get low, so you're not going to see anything much while still on the bicalutamide. Even once you have very low testosterone, it takes time for your body to react. The first reaction is often loss of nocturnal erections, although many people won't notice that, except for loss of morning wood. This can happen even on the bicalutamide.
In two years, the only thing I've noticed is that more cyclists pass me than before. I can't tell if there has been a loss of strength. However, I don't race or do anything that would enable me to do a direct comparison. I've also been doing 3 Zoom home exercise classes a week, and I do seem to have better muscle definition in my arms than I remember. However, I have more fat than I had to start with around my belly, and visceral fat according to my body composition scales, with a corresponding increase in weight and BMI. Now that I've finished the hormone therapy, I'm hoping to reverse this when my testosterone returns.
Actually, I'm a bit injured at the moment. Last weekend, I did a trek through Ashridge Forest with Prostate Pedallers, and manged to go over the handlebars of my mountain bike. I thought I'd made a good landing, and carried on without any problem. An hour later after the adrenaline had worn off, I had a painful rib and shoulder - deep breaths and coughing are painful. A day later, some bruising emerged from behind the left kneecap too, but no pain or problems with movement. Shoulder is pretty much recovered and rib is better but not recovered. Not yet sure if I broke the rib (should be interesting on any future nuclear bone scan). Neither of these presented any pain cycling, so I continued riding my bike OK last week. On Thursday I was rushing to get somewhere, and found I'd strained my thigh muscles as a result. Friday, I was careful doing the home exercise class, but that was a mistake, and right thigh got much worse, to the extent I've been hobbling around since. Left thigh recovered OK. I may be getting too old for this, but I don't think I can blame it on the HT.
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