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Old 10-05-06, 02:01 PM   #1
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got a cold, stopped riding

am I a wuss, or is this normal behavior?

caught a cold last Wed, stopped riding for a week as it sapped my energy and respiratory system, now I'm feeling better, and will start riding again Sat.

does everyone just stop riding when they get a sniffle, or is there some other strategy?

fortunately, it wasn't a bad cold, and the first in over a year, so I think the riding maybe has strengthened by immune system?
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My general rule is if the cold is above the neck I ride, below the neck I don't. Basically if it affects my breathing I give it a rest.
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I got whatever is going around...started in my head, now it's in my chest. I took a couple of days off from riding...but I rode again this morning, even though I am still stuffy and coughing. I think getting out in the air and getting some exercise is better than laying around indoors all drugged up. Of course I didn't push it, just a nice easy pace working up a minimal sweat and heart rate.
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Snot rockets and expectoration unless symptoms other than congestion are present.
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If you feel run down or congested in the chest, you probably shouldn't ride.

If you feel up to it, riding is fine, though it's probably not a good idea to do those intervals...
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I'll ride through just about any cold, but I will ease up on my speed and/or distance. In fact, I often find that a ride makes me feel better, usually less congested.

Maybe it's an avian thing -- I never see other birds not flying just because they're feeling a bit poorly...
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<OT, sorry> the birds not flying 'cause they're feeling poorly- the main place you see them is in scat after they are called 'lunch.'
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OK, thanks everyone for the feedback, backinthesaddle on Saturday
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+1 to simicyclist-- that's a great rule to go by.

I had a cold 2 weeks ago. It started up just as I committed to cycling in the mornings. I didn't want to get out of the habit of waking up and riding so I decided to take it easy but ride despite being all congested. The funny thing is it ended up being the shortest, mildest cold I've had in years. B the time I was five minutes into the ride all the congestion cleared. A few snot rockets later and I was golden. I actually felt the best when I was riding.
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I ride with colds even bad ones. Oddly enough, exercise seems to have an antihystamine effect. I feel almost normal towards the end of the ride and feel wretched again after riding.

Now if I have a fever, I don't ride.
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Just take it easy and see how you feel. So don't do Everest Challenge when you are recovering from cold. Bad freaken idea!
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I find that colds affect my energy and make me feel wiped out, so I don't ride. Also, i usually get colds in the winter anyways so riding isn't an issue... however, I'll stay home from the gym until I feel better.
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Well I rode today after 9 days off, just a very slow short ride. But felt good, and rather than wiping me out it invigorated me.

Still, I'm glad I took off at least the first week, think I needed the rest at first to get over this.
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