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Old 06-02-05, 11:06 PM
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how sick do you have to be?

I've been commuting about 12 miles from work four days a week for the last month or so. it's far better than sitting in the awful traffic we have around seattle. i didn't ride monday- wednesday this week though because i've been sick. bad cold, and i'm a weenie when it comes to being sick. it got we wondering, for all of you who have been commuting for a while or have to ride a bike because you don't have a car, what do you do when you get sick? i hated driving but i knew i wasn't going to be able to ride it while i was that sick. i would have hacked something important up. anybody have a special "bikers recipe cold cure?" my friend tells me i should eat a clove of garlic, overdose on vitamin c, and drink a bottle of nyquil before bed and i'll be fine. for some reason, i haven't tried it. call me crazy.
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Old 06-03-05, 09:08 AM
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my experience is that sleep is the only thing that helps. generally, if I am not too sick to skip work, I ride . . . I just go slow.
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Old 06-03-05, 09:46 AM
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Well, rest and go slow, I am new to commuting (44 mile round trip 5 weeks), but i use to run everyday (6 miles). I think provided you are hydrated with water and sleep well you can continue to pedal back and fourth to work. I would not load up on drugs, they don't really work and mask the effect of most illness. If you are taht ill not to ride, then call in sick... Hope you get better
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If it's just a head cold, I ride. If it's in my chest, I either stay home or drive.
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My rule is that if I'm too sick to ride I'm too sick to go to work.

That's just in theory, though. The funny thing is that since I started commuting to work I don't think I've had a sick day. There's something about regular moderate exercise that totally energizes your immune system.
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Old 06-03-05, 11:32 AM
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Originally Posted by caloso
There's something about regular moderate exercise that totally energizes your immune system.
This is quite true. Exercise stimulates hematopoeitic stem cells, which make all your blood cells. Most of them are red cells to aid in future exercise, but some end up as white cells that make up the immune system. Ever since I started working out regularly four years ago, I've only been sick once, and that was due to food poisoning. I haven't even gotten a cold in four years.

Sleep is the best thing for you when you're sick with a virus. Your body does most of its maintenance while you're sleeping. Overdosing on vitamin C isn't going to do anything for you other than make you pee funny colors. Vitamin C helps PREVENT getting a cold in the first place, but once you actually have one, it doesn't really do a lot for you. Also, Nyquil might not be the best thing to get over a sickness since one of its major ingredients is alcohol. Any sleep induced by alcohol is invariably of a lower quality than normal sleep. If you've ever drunk too much at a party or something, you know what I mean. Lower quality sleep means lower quality maintenance while sleeping.
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Old 06-03-05, 04:07 PM
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Unable to physically ride or dead, whichever comes first.I dont ride and I dont eat,its pretty good motivation.Removes any excuses from one's life.
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Originally Posted by pedex
Unable to physically ride or dead, whichever comes first.I dont ride and I dont eat,its pretty good motivation.Removes any excuses from one's life.


What he said.



Although when I'm not feeling so hot I leave ten minutes early and make the trip in granny gear.
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If I were too sick to ride, I'd be WAAAAAAY too sick for work... Know what I mean?

(unless it were something that affected riding but not my ability to type, like a broken leg).

Work is way lower priority than being healthy.

Of course, that being said, I'm rarely sick. Usually what I wind up taking sick days for is migraines or Dr. appointments.
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Old 06-03-05, 06:39 PM
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You can put me down as another 'too sick to ride = too sick for work' commuter.
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