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Summer cold and the Pcad Bag of Excuses

Old 07-05-08, 07:57 PM
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Summer cold and the Pcad Bag of Excuses

I got shelled today on the Hump ride, on the upgrade where I've hung the last four times I've done that ride. Didn't feel right the past two days, scratchy throat, sneezing, then today after the ride I really felt like I got hit by a train, crashed for a couple of hours like I was comatose. It's a summer cold, I'm on Sudafed and Advil now. Didn't feel 100% from the opening miles today, was really OK up until the last 100 meters on that one hill, but that's where it's crunch time on that ride, just didn't have it today.

Do you guys find a cold hinders your ability to perform? That last 100 watts simply wasn't there today, and I have had it when I was healthy the past few weeks. Like I could take my motor that normally redlines @ 8000 rpm up to about 7300, but that was about it today. Wondering if having a cold can do that to you, I usually get colds in the winter, I'm not trying to ride like this in January.

This cold isn't that severe, but I think trying to ride that hard may have accelerated its progression, now it really feels more like a cold. Before it felt like a cold that was coming on. Was contemplating Nyack tomorrow, I'll probably lay low and go easy on my own. Riding with this is sort of banging your head with a hammer. Not that there's anything wrong with that.
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Where the *&^* is the Botto version!?


Yeah colds suck, lay low...

Don't over do it!
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Where the *&^* is the Botto version!?


Yeah colds suck, lay low...

Don't over do it!
I always overdo it.
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then why ask us?
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then why ask us?
I'm asking if you guys ride crappier with a cold.

There, that's the shortened version.
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
I'm asking if you guys ride crappier with a cold.

There, that's the shortened version.


Correct, we do!
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Originally Posted by patentcad View Post
I'm asking if you guys ride crappier with a cold.

There, that's the shortened version.
yes.

I also ride crappier prior to symptoms of a cold showing up. Inexplicably I'll be sluggish and feel dehydrated. A day or so later I'll have a head cold. Get better or it could move into your chest and result in something more serious like pneumonia or bronchitis, that'll keep you off the bike for a week +. How do I know? I had a cold in March, that I ignored, turned into a sinus infection while on a business trip, and progressed into pneumonia, that sucked.
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Well, I rode bad today. Not that bad all things considered, but on this particular ride I can't hang @ 95%, I need every watt in my weenie body, and my head has to be in the right place. It's only a couple of hundred meters in this one spot, but it's tough. There were 13 of us, 6 got shelled, I was the last guy to get dumped, the other guys got dropped much sooner. I actually was pretty close to holding on. Oh well.

It did let me know that it is a cold, not allergies as I was thinking. Too much of a hit by the bus feeling after that ride.
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Old 07-05-08, 08:44 PM
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Do you guys find a cold hinders your ability to perform?.
Every single time.

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but I think trying to ride that hard may have accelerated its progression
Yep, every time for me.

Hard training lowers the imune system function for a while. It feels as if when I am on the edge of being sick a hard training ride puts me over the edge. Even a recovery ride, but not every time.
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Can I get that dog's autograph?
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I rode 2 hrs solo today, didn't get dropped, felt pretty good. Had a beer when I got home.
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The Self Loathing potential of getting dropped on a solo ride is awesome to contemplate.
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I had these two kids sucking my wheel the whole ride today. Kept trying to drop them. Only later realized that they were attached to my bike via some sort of trailering device. And yes, when suffering from allergies or a cold, I ride at a signficantly lower level.
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Old 07-05-08, 09:20 PM
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Can I get that dog's autograph?

LOL !

Bailey says yes, he likes that you have been making his human laugh a lot lately.

He also said you would ride right next to him, if only for a little while. No one can resist the dog !
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Who can resist a cute doggy? It's tough. I can't even resist my stupid cats.
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Who can resist a cute doggy? It's tough. I can't even resist my stupid cats.
I'm starting to think I could just park him across the street from a bank, and no one would notice if I went in and took whatever I wanted. It works at a bike shop.
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In that photo Lance and Lemond look like Bailey's Secret Service agents.
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In that photo Lance and Lemond look like Bailey's Secret Service agents.
LOL !!

You're right, they do !! Excellent !! I didn't notice that.
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I'm asking if you guys ride crappier with a cold.
No, we ride better.....

....what the hell do you think?
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No, we ride better.....

....what the hell do you think?
Self Loathing dictated that I assumed it was no problem to ride with a cold, I am a Massive Wussy who rides like crap, and I should really give up this sport. But I can't, I'm addicted. And there's nothing I can do about it.

No matter what reassurances I receive here, I essentially still feel that way.
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Your body is weakened....which is why rest is usually a good thing.
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The Self Loathing potential of getting dropped on a solo ride is awesome to contemplate.
Yea, verily, amen.
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A hard effort usually makes cold symptoms worse.
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When you feel like sh*t, you perform like shi*t. That's the way it goes, until they invent new drugs.

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A buddy and I were talking about this tonight. I think athletes are much more aware of viruses (as well as susceptible to them) than the average bloke. For example, the other day, I felt fine, no symptoms of a cold, but I got on the bike and within 15 minutes I could tell I was ill simply because the wattage was not there. I think a "normal" person would have gone through that day without even knowing they were ill.
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