Anybody else here give blood? I recently donated for the third time. The first time I was quite nervous, not having done it before and didn't know what to expect. They nearly didn't let me donate because my blood pressure was low. It was all a bit of an anti-climax, nothing to be worrrid about at all and no after effects. I rode my bike home (about 15km) at my usual pace no worries.
The next time I actually felt a little off, not faint, just not quite my usual self. Rode the bike home just not as fast.
The third time was similar to the second except I have been really lethargic on my bike for about a week. I was taking an extra 10mins each way on my normal commute and feeling stuffed afterwards, no strength to ride up small hills. I only came good on Friday, about a week and a half after the blood letting. I then did about an 80km ride on Sunday in the freezing rain/sleet and felt really good (apart from being cold & wet) and was actually the first one back.
ANybody else had simjilar experiences? My diet has pretty much stayed the same so I can only put it down to the blood donation.