OK, so I had planned to do a 200K brevet this last Saturday. Trained for it and already had done a couple of organized centuries this year.
At the end of Febuary I got a bad sore throat and thought I had the flu. At that time Flu tests and strep throat tests both came back negative but the doctor said yeah, your throat and upper respiratory system has an infection. Ten days of antibiotics and felt OK, but not quite right. But did not alter any of my training, so maybe I over did it.
Late last week I started feeling a sore throat coming on again and was really feeling run down. Got up early Saturday morning all ready for the 200K. Just felt worse, looked at the forecast and yes the forecasted high for Saturday was 100F....actually got to 102F officially and was windy. Just did not feel up for it and with the heat; so backed out at the last second.
So what did I do? Since I felt guilty about not riding the 200K I went ahead and rode with my regular group on Saturday (50 miles) and rode another 60 miles on Sunday when the temps were now in the 50s, wind gust of 50+ MPH and rain...yeah the weather in TX can change that fast, less than 12 hours. Yes, I'm crazy.
Monday morning went to work, felt crappy and went to the doctor. Guess what? Tested positive for strep throat without ever running a fever! Shots and some anibiotics and I already feel like a new person.
So now I don't feel guilty for backing out of the 200K but kinda think I'm an idiot for not listening to my body...oh well, guess I'm a bit addicted to the cycling to the point of overdoing it.
Next month I have a chance to do the 200K or a 300K just need to remind myself there is always a chance to accomplish what I want in the future.
Guess the moral is to listen to your body, when something does not feel right, need to remind myself next time.