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    Training and having a cold

    I have come down with a sinus type cold - you know the type, sniffling running nose, headache, all-around blah feeling. Could use some rest, but I haven't ridden in two nights. I have a 20mile training ride tomorrow with my Team In Training group, will I be OK , or will it kick my butt so I can't make it to work on Monday? I guess this is a silly question, but it will be in the 20s and 30s with 16mph winds.
    Bottom line is it OK to train through these little illnesses. I think I used to do that when I was running in college and it sometimes helped shake the bug.

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    My rule is that it's OK when I'm starting to get better, but not when I'm still getting worse. In fact, a 4 hour rain ride is my favorite medicine. Fixes me right up. Keep the HR down, though. Zones 2 and 3. Drink lots. Sweat lightly.

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    Rule of thumb that I've read here (i.e., not a doctor): throat and above, generally okay to ride -- don't expect to feel great or be 100%, but you'll be okay; below the throat (lungs), stay off bike. However... with that weather, take the extra day off!

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    Quote Originally Posted by VanceMac
    Rule of thumb that I've read here (i.e., not a doctor): throat and above, generally okay to ride -- don't expect to feel great or be 100%, but you'll be okay; below the throat (lungs), stay off bike. However... with that weather, take the extra day off!
    +1, i tried riding with a fairly bad chest infection, made it a lot worse. i ride with head colds a lot though.

    i like to take a small painkiller for the headache, as when my heart gets pumping it makes the headache worse. but stay away from stuff like dayquil. I rode while on dayquil once and thought i was gonna have a heart attack. I'd take like 1 or 2 advil depending on how my head feels.

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