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**** pneumonia

Old 06-03-10, 02:30 PM
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**** pneumonia

You can fill in the stars with any four-letter word you'd like, except love, like, or anything else positive.

I got two things yesterday:
  1. A roof rack for my car, letting me carry my bike around without even having to take the wheel off. I live less than an hour from a mountain pass with at least one great bike trail I know of. I've been wanting this for years! ( There's a kayak holder, too. )
  2. A diagnosis of pneumonia, complete with chest x-ray and codeine shots. I got this from somebody at work.
My plan had been to hit the Iron Horse Trail this weekend, but the chances of that happening are pretty slim. Today is almost certainly going to be the third bikeless day for me. The doctor didn't tell me not to use my bike, but he did say I should expect severe pain if I try.

I have to admit I'm considering paying a friend to drive me up there and hang out at a scenic point with a book while I try to take a very slow ride, and bring the juice they gave me. I know this is a stupid idea, and probably won't try it ... but dang, I really had my heart set on combining two of the things I love most, especially since all of the riding I do is urban, and city parks just aren't the same.

This being the Clyde and Athena forum, the bright side is that my appetite is no more, so while I'm not getting the exercise I need, I won't look like I swallowed a beach ball as a result of it.
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OK, here's what you do. Leave the bike at home and go for a walk in the woods. Or along the trail. Do what you can. The bike and the trail will still be there when your recovery is complete. When I had a broken rib in 2008, that's basically what I did.
 
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Read the story of my 200k attempt while I still had a sinus infection, and you might reconsider riding while suffering from pneumonia. I pretty much tanked my rando season for a month by trying that stunt and making myself even sicker. It's 2 months later, and I'm just getting recovered and back up to where I was before that attempt.
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You do not want to do ANYTHING when you have pneumonia except eat healthy, drink lots of water and get plenty of rest. The sooner you take it easy, the sooner you'll feel better an be out on the trail.
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So ... I've been feeling a lot better since Wednesday. I'm still coughing a lot, but it's not as terribly painful, and my muscles don't ache like they were. I don't seem to have a fever, either. I'm wondering if it was a misdiagnosis ( although they did a chest x-ray, so probably not ), or if the inhaler is helping a lot ... or if the codeine syrup means I just don't realize I'm suffering.

Would it really be a terrible idea to get someone to drive me up to the summit, and go slowly on the flats? There's a lake that stretches a few miles, just on the other side of the pass, and the trail hugs the shore, which is perfectly flat. If I kept the speed and gear low, and used my HRM to keep my heart rate under, say, 100, I'm thinking I can do it. Obviously I'd rather go at full speed and cover a lot of ground ... but I'm still tempted to slow down and get a taste of mountain goodness. If I get someone to drive, I can bring the pain meds in case I'm wrong.

I might try to get in to see my doctor today and seek his blessing ( or a firm no, which would make self control a bit easier ).

Honestly, you guys are right, and The Historian probably nailed it - I should go for a short walk up there instead, and bring my bike when I'm healthier. It's frustrating ( and difficult! ), though, now that I've lost so much weight, and maybe "shifted" my addiction from fattening foods to exercise, to have my ultimate plans foiled. But I don't want to set myself back a month ... and I don't like pain, either.

Thanks for the good advice, folks. And for listening to me rant.
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Not a doctor and I didnt see your xrays but people die from pneumonia. Please be careful!
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So ... I've been feeling a lot better since Wednesday. I'm still coughing a lot, but it's not as terribly painful, and my muscles don't ache like they were. I don't seem to have a fever, either. I'm wondering if it was a misdiagnosis ( although they did a chest x-ray, so probably not ), or if the inhaler is helping a lot ... or if the codeine syrup means I just don't realize I'm suffering.

Would it really be a terrible idea to get someone to drive me up to the summit, and go slowly on the flats? There's a lake that stretches a few miles, just on the other side of the pass, and the trail hugs the shore, which is perfectly flat. If I kept the speed and gear low, and used my HRM to keep my heart rate under, say, 100, I'm thinking I can do it. Obviously I'd rather go at full speed and cover a lot of ground ... but I'm still tempted to slow down and get a taste of mountain goodness. If I get someone to drive, I can bring the pain meds in case I'm wrong.

I might try to get in to see my doctor today and seek his blessing ( or a firm no, which would make self control a bit easier ).

Honestly, you guys are right, and The Historian probably nailed it - I should go for a short walk up there instead, and bring my bike when I'm healthier. It's frustrating ( and difficult! ), though, now that I've lost so much weight, and maybe "shifted" my addiction from fattening foods to exercise, to have my ultimate plans foiled. But I don't want to set myself back a month ... and I don't like pain, either.

Thanks for the good advice, folks. And for listening to me rant.
You could do it, I suppose, but you are going to feel miserable. And if you are going to feel miserable riding, why do it? The mountain isn't going anywhere. Your plans aren't foiled, they are merely delayed.

I admire your spirit, but there's no need to be a tough guy here. If this was the Tour de France, you'd ride. It's not. Go for that short walk. See nature at two miles an hour. Or sit home and read a good book.
 
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