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Getting back into shape after COVID

Old 09-21-22, 08:07 AM
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Originally Posted by t2p View Post
unless the mask is high quality (N95 or similar variation) and is fit correctly (no gaps) - the mask is barely providing any protection
That's just it. Nobody is wearing anything of quality. Nothing more than cloth face undies.
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Old 09-21-22, 12:12 PM
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Originally Posted by prj71 View Post
That's just it. Nobody is wearing anything of quality. Nothing more than cloth face undies.
That's not what I have been observing as of late. Pretty much everyone is that is wearing a mask (a very small minority) is wearing a surgical mas or an N95/KN95 mask.

I pretty much wore KN95s from the outset. They are not expensive and were easily available fairly early in the pandemic. I find that they fit tightly and are easy to breathe through.

FWIW, this old fart is getting the bivalent vaccine soon. Even though I have been apparently dodging bullets like heroes in a bad movie, I'd rather not push my luck.

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Old 09-21-22, 10:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Biker395 View Post
Not good news, considering that when it’s all said and done, virtually everyone will be infected. It’s outrageously contagious.

That bike tour I was on for 2 weeks? COVID ripped through the group with about half of the group testing positive. Imagine being a tour director and having to deal with that!

I joined in about 5 weeks after the start. Not happy about it, but I didn’t want to sit off all by myself for the entire trip. I also reasoned that dice COVID ripped through the group, it was actually rather safe, as everyone at that point either was immune or had acquired immunity.

in any case, I spent the 2 weeks in close contact with everyone in the group, did my share of saloon hopping and the like and just hoped for the best.

I was also in Quebec shortly before that at a convention, including a dinner with 300 people shouting at each other to be heard for several hours. I’ve also flown at least 6 times in the last few months (wearing a mask).

I was also at a dinner with some skiing friends back in March and I was the only one among 6 at the table that didn’t get COVID.

I don’t think anyone is that lucky, so I’ve concluded that I probably was infected at some point and just didn’t realize it.

Strange stuff.
Update: I just received this tonight. My bike tour was back at the end of July.

Good to know all that technology is really helping getting information out to people on a timely basis.

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Old 09-25-22, 09:51 PM
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We've started riding again and it's been fine. First ride was 40 miles on the tandem we basically quit riding, but it seems fitting as we both shared COVID-19 and isolation together. Today we did a 27 mile mountain bike ride. Up until Friday we weren't up to anything like this. So we are grateful to feel okay again and like we didn't lose much fitness. However it does feel like we've been drinking fluids like crazy ever since we tested positive . Still insatiably thirsty. Symptoms have abated for the most part. Brain fog and fatigue have lifted for the most part. Did chores after the ride, which is a good sign. Breathing freely yet every once in a while I cough something up still.

Work hasn't cleared me to return this Monday but I hope for a negative test result on Tuesday morning and then go back to work.

As soon as this is behind me I'm going to get another booster and a flu vaccine. My choice. I know a lot of people who still won't vaccinate.

I love riding and I don't think I will lose too much fitness We'll see though.
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Old 09-27-22, 06:54 PM
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For me it was 10 days from positive test for the first negative test, and then it took another week from that negative before I felt like I was back to 100% on the bike. I got 6 PRs on my regular commute this morning so I think I am back to normal now 😁
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Old 11-24-22, 10:04 AM
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I'm 7 weeks out from the end of my first covid infection. I didn't end up in the hospital, but I had a few bad days during the ~10 day course. I have an immune condition that causes a higher disposition to viral infections, and had viral myocarditis in 2011 that resulted in left-bundle branch block, killing my age-group racing hobby due to the resulting loss of top-end aerobic capacity, so I made sure that I was properly vaccinated and boosted.

During recovery from covid, my resting HR was elevated, and during gentle trainer rides, my power:HR ratio was way down. My resting and riding HR have gradually decreased, but I'm finding that I still have the following issues: power:HR ratio is still a bit lower than than it was pre-infection, I'm feeling more fatigued after and need longer recovery for my zone 2 rides than I used to, and the top end of my comfortable zone 2 is still ~10 watts low (~195W vs 205W). Just this week, I took 2 consecutive rest days, then did a ~1hr zone 2 ride. Woke up in the middle of the night, which is my usual sign that my body is feeling stressed out from too much training - definitely not normal. I'm doing very little high end work since being sick (a few minutes per week). I've also had a huge increase in the frequency of PVCs since having covid, maybe 10-fold higher that I normally have, which is annoying.
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Old 11-29-22, 09:15 AM
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Sounds like you have a great outlook. Have a wonderful recovery.
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Old 12-01-22, 04:08 PM
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New member of the COVID Club here.

Not feeling too bad now, some lingering fatigue and a sore throat. No fever for four days, feeling ready to start riding again.

I have been doing some light at-home strength training, which I should have been doing all along.

Remind me to take it slow at first. Easy coffee rides.
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Old 12-01-22, 06:43 PM
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There was an interesting article on Long Covid and exercise in the New York Times.
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Old 12-02-22, 12:51 PM
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I had it in September of 2020. Eleven days with 103F temp, then after the fever broke I spent 8 days on supplemental oxygen. Doc was very pleased with my recovery considering how bad I'd had it. On the bike, I was probably 80% last year (2021) and strengh-wise I was fully recovered by this year; but my endurance was just starting to return by the end of this year (2022). For basically the last two years, if I rode 30-40 miles I'd need several days to recover, no matter how easy I took it. Hopefully I'll be ready for some metrics next year.
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Old 12-02-22, 12:55 PM
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Originally Posted by terrymorse View Post
New member of the COVID Club here.

Not feeling too bad now, some lingering fatigue and a sore throat. No fever for four days, feeling ready to start riding again.

I have been doing some light at-home strength training, which I should have been doing all along.

Remind me to take it slow at first. Easy coffee rides.
Think getting it is inevitable. Hope you recover quickly, but in-shape people tend to do so much better.

I caught, as did my wife, during our first week in Norway of a three week trip (where zero people were wearing masks - with an infection rate of 1 per 100,000 per day - oh lucky us). It took me a month (my wife did Paxlovid and had bounce-back symptoms after three weeks) to be completely symptom free (like a typical head cold) and now I’m back at like it never happened, other than a minor fitness set-back.

I did get my bi-valent shot the Monday before last and my flu shot a week prior. From what I have read, our current vaccinations are not highly affective against the two newest strains (A something) but they are better than not.

Get better soon
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Old 12-02-22, 03:36 PM
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Get better soon
Thanks. Other than a lingering sore throat, and getting tired more quickly than usual, I seem to be doing okay.

I got all the boosters, including the new-and-improved one.

Sure hope that the long COVID thing doesn't poke its head up at some future date.
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Originally Posted by terrymorse View Post
Thanks. Other than a lingering sore throat, and getting tired more quickly than usual, I seem to be doing okay.

I got all the boosters, including the new-and-improved one.


Sure hope that the long COVID thing doesn't poke its head up at some future date.
Long COVID seems to be the most prevalent with first generation, so I wouldn’t be too concerned unless you are immunocompromised.
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Old 12-03-22, 08:50 AM
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Long COVID seems to be the most prevalent with first generation, so I wouldn’t be too concerned unless you are immunocompromised.
"Immunocompromise," per se, is not a risk factor for long Covid. The biggies seem to be female sex, minority racial/ethnic group membership, low socioeconomic status, and a bunch of chronic diseases,

Good info from a very large study here: https://www.nature.com/articles/s415...01909-w#MOESM1
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