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    caught common cold, how long before resuming training?

    So I caught a cold on monday, had the worst symptoms yesterday, and pretty much better today. I'm thinking about riding again tomorrow.
    Do you have a way to decide if you ride or not when recovering from a cold?
    Does anyone have a story about trying to ride too soon or during a cold and ending up making it worse?
    Just curious

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    The general rule of thumb is if symptoms are above the neck it's OK, but just rest if it's in your chest.

    If you feel like riding go ahead, but just take it easier than normal. There's no point in wearing yourself out doing tough intervals.

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    Personally I don't train when I have any sort of respiratory disorder. This isn't just to avoid making it worse, though I think it is possible that would happen. It is that fighting the infection stresses one's system. Training will add to that stress and potentially both lengthen the time to recovery from the infection and diminish the training effect. That's my practice, anyway.

    As to when to restart, a common cold generally lasts about 4 days and the action is pretty much over by the time the symptoms are in retreat, so i'd say there wasn't much problem about you riding tomorrow.
    There have been many days when I haven't felt like riding, but there has never been a day when I was sorry I rode.

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