Flu Recovery: How long should you wait before resuming training
So, even after getting a flu shot it looks like I managed to catch a bug regardless. Started feeling lousy after doing intervals on Monday and I think I had a fever, but it seems to have broken yesterday afternoon. I'm mostly just resting and am starting to feel a little better now that I've been taking this zicam cold and flu liquid medicine. My resting heart rate still isn't quite back to normal though.
I'm hoping to minimize this training interruption since racing season is really going to pick up in April. Any recommendations about how long I should wait before I get back on the bike? Should I hold off a bit even after I physically feel normal again just so my body can fully recover?
I caught the flu on a Tuesday and was on tamiflu wednesday. The virus peaked Friday night (103 fever, extreme pain) and I woke up Saturday morning feeling better. Did a spin class on Sunday and did an easy ride Monday. Was back to 90% on Tuesday. So, I'd say one week should do it.
Just read your body. What mostly got me was the cough. I could ride pretty strong, but any time I stopped, the racking coughs started. That took a good couple weeks to subside, but it really didn't impact my training. If you feel crappy after a ride, get some extra sleep and try to go easier the next day. Before you know it you'll be 100%
If you are in doubt, take it easy. We are so used to training, that often we don't read the signs our body is telling us. A few weeks with very light cycling, and not coming into the racing season in top shape, is better than compromising the entire season.
June last year, I got hit by a nasty bug. Fever, cold sweat, cough - whole nine years. But I had a lot of important races coming up, and I just slowed down my training, and kept on racing. I thought I had slowed it down enough, as I had cut my volume by at least half, but that wasn't enough. I struggled the remainder of the season never recovering fully.
Hope this helps,