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    How sick before you don't ride?

    I went for a ride yesterday and about an hour later, my throat was bothering me. It was pretty bad when I first woke up, but no sniffles, no fever, no coughing. Now, it's still bothering me, but not much at all and it's a beautiful day out.

    I find myself itching to go for another ride. At what point would you tell yourself you shouldn't go for a ride?

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    You should know your body as well as anyone. If you feel like riding then ride, but stick close to home in case your body tells you it's time to stop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aenlaasu View Post
    I went for a ride yesterday and about an hour later, my throat was bothering me. It was pretty bad when I first woke up, but no sniffles, no fever, no coughing. Now, it's still bothering me, but not much at all and it's a beautiful day out.

    I find myself itching to go for another ride. At what point would you tell yourself you shouldn't go for a ride?
    Depends on the circumstances and the problem. I rode two days with a broken rib once because I wanted to finish the ride. I've canceled other rides because I was tired. When cycling ceases to be a pleasure and becomes an obligation, that's when I stop.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Historian View Post
    When cycling ceases to be a pleasure and becomes an obligation, that's when I stop.
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    The vast majority of my miles come from commuting. I ride unless I'm not feeling well enough to work.

    If I am feeling sick or have a bit of a cold, but not enough to keep me out of the office, I usually feel better after my 30 minute bike commute ride.

    I suppose it also helps that my other feasible work transportation option most mornings is metro. Takes twice as long door-to-door as biking and is dreadfully boring by comparison, so I always just hop on the bike.

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    My first attempt at a group ride, I showed up with a minor cold. All previous group riding experiences had been at a couple of Tour de Cures, so I was not prepared for the pace. The combination of fast pace, heavy breathing and my cold led to a pretty major case of bronchitis. If you are having trouble breathing because of the cold it might be best to not push it too hard.

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    Listen to your own body. Colds are usually fine, use some common sense if you actually have a fever or some type of GI disease.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mwchandler21 View Post
    If you are having trouble breathing because of the cold it might be best to not push it too hard.
    Yeah, I guess it depends on the kind of riding. My commute of 7 mostly flat miles and approx. 30 minutes is not very strenuous unless I really pedal hard and try to make it that way or there's a bad-ass headwind. It's just enough to get the blood flowing and the lungs working a little. When I've had a bit of a cold, riding really helps to loosen up the crap in my lungs and let me expel it. I've never really had trouble breathing from a cold, and I've never gotten bronchitis in my life, so I guess maybe I'm just lucky.

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    The rule of thumb I've heard is if the problems are all above the neck (congestion from a cold, sinus pressure, etc.) you should be okay to exercise moderately. If it's at or below the neck (sore throat, flu symptoms, intestinal distress, etc.) then don't exercise.

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    Colds and headaches slow me and it's fun to see the impact on performance via the HR monitor. I almost always feel better after a ride even if it is slow and short.

    Digestive issues are stoppers... unless maybe I could cycle in a diaper.
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    I've ridden with a fractured collarbone on a century attempt. I had committed to do the ride and had to complete at least 30% or a chunk of the funds I'd raised would have fallen through. I did 42 miles of the century.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
    I've ridden with a fractured collarbone on a century attempt. I had committed to do the ride and had to complete at least 30% or a chunk of the funds I'd raised would have fallen through. I did 42 miles of the century.
    We really need to ride together, Tom. And have a support car with a first aid kit, duct tape, etc, to fix us up when the inevitable happens.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Herbie53 View Post
    Digestive issues are stoppers... unless maybe I could cycle in a diaper.
    IBS and lactose intolerance here..... I recall having a horrible time on an overnight tour after having consumed an allegedly lactose-free milk product at breakfast. That was the day of the Philadelphia Marathon, and all the bathrooms on the route were either closed or in use. I had to make four stops, and conked out ten miles from home on a 40 mile day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Historian View Post
    IBS and lactose intolerance here..... I recall having a horrible time on an overnight tour after having consumed an allegedly lactose-free milk product at breakfast. That was the day of the Philadelphia Marathon, and all the bathrooms on the route were either closed or in use. I had to make four stops, and conked out ten miles from home on a 40 mile day.
    My stomach's screwed all the way around. Not only do I have IBS, but I also have really bad acid reflux. Normally, my day doesn't start until about 12-1pm. I'm pretty much in the bathroom all morning. It makes having an 8-5 job tough, but I just get up extra early, and then rush off to work, get there early, and hope for the best. It's a good thing the trek to work is light on traffic. On days I have off from work, if I even feel the slightest "unright," I don't go anywhere until I feel good.

    As for acid reflux, I take medication (Protonix) for it, and it usually helps, but there are still some rough days where I'm pulling the "choke and puke" routine all day. That's pretty unpleasant.

    If I have a cold or I'm sick, I won't ride. I figure that energy is better spent trying to get better than out exerting myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aenlaasu View Post
    I went for a ride yesterday and about an hour later, my throat was bothering me. It was pretty bad when I first woke up, but no sniffles, no fever, no coughing. Now, it's still bothering me, but not much at all and it's a beautiful day out.

    I find myself itching to go for another ride. At what point would you tell yourself you shouldn't go for a ride?
    This is how my week went:
    - Monday morning don't feel great, but figure I'll get better as the day progresses. I start getting the chills just from drinking some cold water at lunch and feel progressively worse. I almost called my wife to come get me but descided to ride home slowly (5 miles). I get home and early in the evening I check my temp and it is just a smide high.
    - Tuesday around 2:00 am I wake up all tense with bad shoulder pain and have the shakes. check my temp 100.7... There is no going to work. I work at a school and they drill it into us NOT to show up with a fever. No worry about that I feel plenty lousy. Clearly NO RIDING.
    - Wednesday I wake up around 6 AM and still ache, but I've had not fever since the preceeding afternoon. I take some acetaminophen. I sleep for an other hour and I wake up basrly OK. No bad shakes, and no massive aches. I can't miss work today as my guys are already scheduled to be off-site. I DO NOT ride my bike and take the car. Beautiful weather in the afternoon. I miss the 1st regularly scheduled club ride of the season in my neighbrohood. I got home and my wife gave me some dinner. I ate and then took a 1.5 hour nap. We watched some TV and went to bed at a reasonable hour.
    - Thusday I wake up feeling almost 100%. I rode today and am looking forward to a leasurly ride home. So this week 2 days without a bike, but one of those I pretty much never left the bed.

    I try to ride 100% of the time, but some weeks nature will throw you a curve ball. If you feel bad enough don't ride. If you feel OK, then take it easy. You can always ride harder and faster an other day. Some days if I feel just a little off, I am amazed how my bike commute helps me feel better.

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    If I' well enough to go to work, I'm well enough to ride. I have, on a couple of occasions, ridden a bit on days I was home sick with colds or flu (kept it mellow and only 5 miles or so but it felt good to get out).

    Probably one of the dumbest things I did was to ride the day after mildly herniating a disk in my lower back. After wincing over every crack in the roadway, it turned out getting off the bike at the end of the ride was the worst part and convinced me to lay off for an entire week.

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    Unless i cant actually move and get out of bed or its some digestive issues that would make leaving the house impractical then i will get out and ride . if im not feeling well ill adjust my pace and distance accordingly and usually double up on the hydration to make sure im well hydrated . I usually feel much better after the excersise as well

    If ive done a few miles and i really cannot handle anymore ill come in home and go out and walk the dog because i like to get fresh air whilst im feeling ill it really does help me

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    When I was younger I didn't mind so much, but form 45 to 49 and with various respiratory, cardiological and Gi issues my body speaks and I listen.
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    Quote Originally Posted by aenlaasu View Post
    I find myself itching to go for another ride.
    When that stops.

    I've gone for rides with broken body parts, and bailed for the snivels. *no not sniffles like when your nose runs, snivels like when you wake up whimpering and whining*

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    When I'm sick I let my body tell me if I should ride or not. A good ride usually makes me feel better. About the only time I don't ride is if I'm feeling fatigued and run down (physically and mentally). At 44 I've learned to read my body. I know when I reach that point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom Stormcrowe View Post
    I've ridden with a fractured collarbone on a century attempt. I had committed to do the ride and had to complete at least 30% or a chunk of the funds I'd raised would have fallen through. I did 42 miles of the century.
    I've followed your ride reports through medical issues, and I'm surprised you didn't ride your bike to the hospital last week.
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    Maybe it's allergies and not a cold.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Historian View Post
    We really need to ride together, Tom. And have a support car with a first aid kit, duct tape, etc, to fix us up when the inevitable happens.
    Or...you guys could come ride with Team Critical Mess. We don't mess around with SAG, we bring our own Care Flight choppers and paramedics.

    The rolling comedy show isn't bad either.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carleton View Post
    Maybe it's allergies and not a cold.
    Unfortunately, no. It's a cold and turned into a rather nasty one. The 2nd one in a month.

    At least my husband didn't have to fly to Detroit like planned before the eruption closed airspace over much of northern Europe. Every time he goes on a long flight like that, he brings back a flu. I lost a month of cycle time last year because of that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by txvintage View Post
    Or...you guys could come ride with Team Critical Mess. We don't mess around with SAG, we bring our own Care Flight choppers and paramedics.

    The rolling comedy show isn't bad either.
    I thought I was the rolling comedy show. As Falstaff put it, I'm not so much funny myself as the cause of amusement in others.

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