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Old 02-04-06, 10:01 PM   #1
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getting sick

Anyone getting sick in this weird damp weather? I had the flu real bad last week and am only now getting back into functioning. still have a bit of throat infection but nothing in the lungs, thankfully. Its that time of the year too when im trying to put on some base mileage to start serious training in the spring, so i have been riding to work as much as possible even in nasty conditions. I read on cyclingnews that it takes about 3 weeks to recover from a cold, so i take it that it will be hard to build any fitness in the next few weeks. how do you people keep from getting sick and do you get right back into it after a period of sickenss? I went from a 250k week to flat on my back and im afraid to build up too quickly.
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Old 02-04-06, 10:19 PM   #2
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no! not yet...hopefully stays that way!
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Old 02-05-06, 12:30 AM   #3
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As of late Friday, I'm down with a cold: very sore throat. I think I picked it up earlier this week, not from riding but probably while at the gym (didn't wash my hands after my workout). That said, the weather has been damp here in the bay area the past few weeks.

I really wanted to ride today - it cleared up nicely this afternoon - but my entire body is sore. I'm not bedridden, just in that grey area where I don't feel 100% but I don't feel totally wasted either. This is the first illness I've had this fall & winter. I hope it clears up quick, I hate spending sunny weekends indoors.
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Old 02-05-06, 01:03 AM   #4
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No, but it's been real dry here on the Colorado front range.
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Old 02-05-06, 01:10 AM   #5
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Im getting sick of hay fever. Anti-hestimenes only make me drowsy
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Old 02-05-06, 12:16 PM   #6
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Four back-to-back colds with bronchitis starting just after Thanksgiving. Only been feeling better for the last two weeks, but still have a bit of a cough so I'm taking it easy.
My last biking day was the week before TG. This past week my schedule and the weather have not cooperated, so I don't know when my next ride will be.
Missing it badly. My knees are feeling the layoff.
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Old 02-05-06, 07:58 PM   #7
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Not much. The missus is having joint pains and the damp garage is reeking of mildew.
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Old 02-05-06, 08:07 PM   #8
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There's something going round that I got in California and have heard of people in Michigan getting it to. It's an influenza they didn't expect so it didn't make it into the flu shot (which I never get anyway.)

You get a cold, get better in a few days, then a week or two later get a really really bad cold (no antihistamines, pseudoephedrines, old-fashioned decongestants or claritin made a dent in the congestion), then you get the 40 day cough. It's awful.
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Old 02-05-06, 08:14 PM   #9
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Four back-to-back colds with bronchitis starting just after Thanksgiving. Only been feeling better for the last two weeks, but still have a bit of a cough so I'm taking it easy.
My last biking day was the week before TG. This past week my schedule and the weather have not cooperated, so I don't know when my next ride will be.
Missing it badly. My knees are feeling the layoff.
sorry to hear that. hope you get better for the next month so you can start building up strength for the summer. Luckily for me i got the flu but it didnt go into the lungs. As i understand it, if your lungs get infection you should avoid working out until it is taken care of. I just wonder whether daily/frequent commuting contributes to getting sick more so than just recreation riding or trainer riding during the winter.
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Old 02-05-06, 08:29 PM   #10
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The last time I had a cold was in Sept. No flu. I did have the stomach flu earlier this week. It took about 1 day to get over.
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Old 02-06-06, 11:00 PM   #11
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Just getting over a Sinus Infection (aka cold). Felt weak for a day, nasal felt raw too. Then nose started running, and in the past two days it's thickened. Felt much better today. I even went riding tonight, and it was below 30 F.

Staying active throughout the year, I feel, does help. Colds, and Flu's don't bring me down mentally as much. And I seem to get over them quickly physically.
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