Erythropoietin - A glycoprotein hormone that controls erythropoiesis, or red blood cell production
The one time drug of choice for the pro cyclist doper crowd. Why would a slacker Old-guy Cat 4 even talk about it?
Because I can't get my Oncologist to put me on a good EPO program for Cross season, that's why. For god's sake I live & work within a mile of the factory where they churn the stuff out, but still, no juice for me.
After my diagnosis and treatment for Hairy Cell Leukemia 2 years ago, I've been on a 6 month blood monitoring program, to catch any flare up of the stupid, hairy little bastards. Go & visit the Oncolgist, get blood sucked. They use "refrigerators full" of EPO in the office I go to, treating folks going thru chemo, according to my former bike-racer doc.
Since I will:
1- Never get tested
2 - Juiced to the max, I might manage a move into the top 15 of the Beer-drinking-dads league
3 - Would still basically suck at racing bikes
I thought why not. let's see if a little dope can make a crap old guy into a only semi-crap old guy. Purely for research purposes, of course.
Damn Doctors.... "no medical necessity" "Hematocrit of 47+ is above normal" "you're not sick"
What does one need to do to get on a professionally supervised doping program these days, anyway?
Guess I'll just have to keep slogging along with the old "training" methodology for now. Poop.