I did a race day (three time trials, plus an omnium) on Saturday, and have been coughing non-stop ever since. The constant coughing is wearing me out. I feel like I have this alien "thing" from outerspace adhering to the inside of my lungs like a parasite, and no amount of coughing dislodges it, or loosens it, or brings any relief. It's not so much a scratchy irritation (like dust or a sore throat) as a "thing" growing on the interior surfaces of my lungs. Really deep down, too -- not near the top.
As if that's not enough nuisance, I've had too many vaginal deliveries to be coughing this hard. I could lose something important . . . .
So . . . just what IS "track hack?" Is it a viral/bacterial infection? Why does it only show up after an intense effort on the track? Why does it go away when you are racing more regularly? How do you get rid of it? What kinds of treatments are effective and therapeutic?
Or is "track hack" just a red herring, and the real problem is that I've had the 'flu twice this winter already (once in January, and once in February)? Perhaps I just went back to racing before I was 100% recovered, and now I've just had a set-back of something really ordinary called bronchitis, secondary to having influenza, and not some nifty and exotic syndrome unique to nitwitted and insane cyclists called "track hack."
the velodrome phoenix, transforming into scrofulous leper