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Old 12-04-07, 08:30 AM   #1
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Got the Blues

So I just started commuting recently. I have been really having a blast getting back in shape and just feeling better all around. Then it happened.... I started to feel run down more and more each day. Then the nasal congestion and sore throat set in. I have a damn cold.

Normally I bounce back from colds within a couple days, but this one is dragging on a little longer than usual.

I want to commute to work so bad. I almost did it today. But I still feel a little under the weather so I decided to rest a little more today. I'm starting to get bummed. Between the grey skies, cold weather and lack of exercise (where are my endorphins!!!) it's getting to me.

So for all of you commuters out there enjoy every moment of your daily journey and think of those too sick to ride. I will be back in the saddle again very soon!

I've got the I-can-not-ride-my-bike-to-work- blues! Sing it with me now!
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Old 12-04-07, 06:00 PM   #2
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I feel that commuting prevents colds. Iíve noticed that since commuting year round (6 years) I donít think Iíve had a Ďcoldí for more than a few days. Iíve decided that this is due to blowing Ďsnot rocketsí 20-25 times twice a day. Maybe more in cold weather.

Iím sure this is simply anecdotal, but it works for me!
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Old 12-04-07, 06:06 PM   #3
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I feel that commuting prevents colds.
Iíve noticed that since commuting year round (6 years) I donít think Iíve had a Ďcoldí for more than a few days.
Iíve decided that this is due to blowing Ďsnot rocketsí 20-25 times twice a day. Maybe more in cold weather.

Iím sure this is simply anecdotal, but it works for me![/quote]




I have long held to these theories and they DO work for me too.

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Fighting Colds

I used to suffer from bronchitis for years (a result of a nasty case of pneumonia about 25 years ago) in oth spring and fall. I started taking a vitamin C supplement and a Zinc supplement (Ultra Zinc lozenges from GNC). Haven't had a problem since. I commuted by bike last winter and had no problems in spite of being "out in the elements" so to speak. Won't help once you have a cold but sure seems to help me keep from getting them.
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Yeah, a glass of orange juice will usually yield you a full serving of vitamin C. When I was running in high school/college we were always reminded that constant exercise (combined with the correct clothing for the weather), vitamin C, and a decent diet kept us race ready. It works, but even with that your still at risk to getting sick every once in a while. The key is to treat it quickly, complete treatments (if your taking something other than OTC medications), and make sure you rest the body. A few days off can prevent a simple cold from turning into something much worse.

Ask 100 different people how to stay free from colds and you'll get 100 different answers...most will contain exercise and vitamin c though.

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Old 12-04-07, 07:16 PM   #6
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So I just started commuting recently. I have been really having a blast getting back in shape and just feeling better all around. Then it happened.... I started to feel run down more and more each day. Then the nasal congestion and sore throat set in. I have a damn cold.

Normally I bounce back from colds within a couple days, but this one is dragging on a little longer than usual.

I want to commute to work so bad. I almost did it today. But I still feel a little under the weather so I decided to rest a little more today. I'm starting to get bummed. Between the grey skies, cold weather and lack of exercise (where are my endorphins!!!) it's getting to me.

So for all of you commuters out there enjoy every moment of your daily journey and think of those too sick to ride. I will be back in the saddle again very soon!

I've got the I-can-not-ride-my-bike-to-work- blues! Sing it with me now!
When first starting to commute and you feel under the weather don't feel like you've got to 'commute thru it' as you don't have the conditioning base yet. It'll take some time, but in a few months your basic level of fitness will allow you to 'bike through' colds and minor virus attacks. You're immune system ramps up as your mileage mounts. I haven't been sick for years and I believe it's because of my immune system. Keep an eye on your resting pulse rate, body fat content and resting blood pressure. As they get lower your auto-immune system is strengthened. My wife's a PT, so I've got alot of inside info. She says the worst diet info given is to weigh oneself ever. RPR, BFC and RBP are the only stats that matter.

Give the ICNRMBTW-Blues a few days and you'll be back in the 'Pink' before you know it!
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Get plenty of rest, allow your immune system to kick that cold's ass, and you'll be back on the bike in no time.

drink plenty of O.J. too.
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