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    Riding/Racing when Sick

    I have come down with a common cold this week...just before a big race on sunday. I am starting to feel better today(thurs) but am concerned I may not be 100% by race time. Do you guys have any suggestions on what I might be able to take or do on sunday morning to help me get up to speed?

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    i am in the exact same circumstance, i dont have a race sunday i have a charity ride. My head feels like it's going to explode any second. I am going to stay off the bike until sunday and hope for the best.

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    The general rule of thumb I have always used is that if you have a head cold, go light. But if it is in your chest, go home. My personal demons (no pun intended) tend to be that my allergies can be indistinguishable from a cold, so I just go ride, and if my head clears after I warm up, I keep pushing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blugrassbri
    I have come down with a common cold this week...just before a big race on sunday. I am starting to feel better today(thurs) but am concerned I may not be 100% by race time. Do you guys have any suggestions on what I might be able to take or do on sunday morning to help me get up to speed?

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    Brian
    I always get my flu jabs just as the summers ending without fail. 3 years ago I got infected with one hell of a virus that started out as a cold and then flu. It laid me flat out for 2 weeks, weak as hell. I lost alot of fitness especially my lung capacity, I could feel it when I got back on the bike and even more from my hill sprints, it felt like I was back to square one with alot of pain scheduled to get back. From then on, I have always told myself that I was never going to go through this again. Needles scare me but I thought I was going to die from that virus.

    I haven't had a cold, flu or virus since.

    There were some days in winter when I was underclothed and froze out there and it was really testing the effectivness of the jab and it came out in flying colours.

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    Brian,

    If you have been comsuming gluten (contained in wheat, rye, and other foods)
    I would eat just a little right before the race after abstaining from it completely until then.

    Also, I would eat a little piece of as fresh as possible fruit with the ******* or whatever.

    Of course, I could not give a thorough analysis because I do not know you.

    Bon voyage,

    Jacob

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    update

    Well, I felt a little better the morning of the race and drank a ton of fluids before starttime...I think adrenaline took over b/c I ended up 5th out of 82.

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