My girlfriend picked up cycling a couple of months ago and she has Thalassemia. She rides mostly indoors and this is the first time ever that she trains regularly. She worked her way up to 5 1hr trainer sessions per week after the first 2 “easy” weeks of getting used to the bike. She’s been getting substantially stronger and has improved her body composition a lot during the last 2 months, but I wonder if Thalassemia will cap her fitness very early on compared to someone without it. I guess that aerobic performance will plateau when the red blood cells won’t be able to carry as much oxygen as the muscles demand.
I’m not asking for medical advice, we will go to a specialist for that and will make sure that she is ok to do intense efforts before introducing her to TR.
I’d like to know if some of you have this condition and how you deal with it (if you do at all) and in which way does it have an impact in your performance. Please share your stories if you or someone close to you are affected