Ok - I've been trying to get as much riding in as I can before it gets too cold. Plus, I can't resist riding in the colors of fall. But yesterday, I started feeling just.... tired. I was determined to ride, and even put on my full riding kit / pumped up the tires / water bottles in the cages (a sure thing to get me out on the road). But I just couldn't bring myself to do it and ended up putting on my street clothes and doing other some things I'd been putting off (harvested & tilled the garden for winter, which is productive, I guess). Even that, while not as jazzing as a good ride, exhausted me a little. After that, I was so tired I cut short an important Saturday night date with the G/F and ended up on the couch dead asleep by 9:30.
Slept late this morning and I woke up still tired (but not dead), and while a bit misty and cold (55F) I could have ridden but I didn't. I spent the day on the couch watching mindless TV and bored out of my skull. I REALLY wanted to go out and ride, but I felt that, if I did, it may make me feel better now but I'd really regret it in the morning and I'd get full-blown, balls-out sick. G/F says that I need my rest, I've been riding too much, etc. - and she's probably right, but - I still feel the urge.
Symptoms - fatigue, sinus pain / mild headache. That's it. No fever or anything, but the fatigue and sinus pain!! Took some Advil - helps some, and I could ride but my better sense says not to. So, here I am not REAL sick but VERY restless. URRGH!!
So, here's the start of the thread - I've read that cyclists can become less resistant to infections by nature of their lifestyle - lower body fat, rapid depletion of nutients, more exposure to elements, etc....
Also - I think that, as a lifestyle and given to our nature, cyclists tend to be more hyperactive than other people, making a situation such as mine unbearable. I've always had a really high metabolism and being sick doesn't agree with my nature, unless I'm totally sick and passed out and have no real say in the matter.
So - what do we do in times such as this? Should I just sleep for two days? It's really bugging me.