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Riding with a cold

Old 11-15-07, 09:05 PM
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Riding with a cold

I can't tell you if what I have is the dreaded 'killer cold virus' detailed on CNN tonight, but it feels that way. DayQuill, NyQuill, Sudafed, Tylenol, fughedaboudit. Rode every day this week until today. Today I feel like i got hit by a train or Cypress in full sprint. Plus it was 45ºF and pouring rain, so I didn't ride. Frankly even if it had been a 60º sunny day, I'm not sure I would have ridden. I worked all day, but had I felt one notch crappier I would have been in bed.

Here's what I find about colds and riding:

• I ride regardless, it doesn't seem to impact my illness one way or the other. It certainly doesn't seem to make me sicker, if anything the workout may help push the pace of the virus along.

• When I get to the 'hit by a train' state like today, I generally bag it, just because I feel too punked out to ride. For me not to ride, I have to feel pretty destroyed.

So generally, I mostly ride through routine illness. I probably average 2-3 colds annually and they tend to last 5-7 days. Haven't had full blown flu in over a decade.

How do you handle it?
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TAKE TIME OFF THE BIKE. It should not take you 5-7 days to recover-- you are delaying your recovery by continuing to ride. Head colds are usually ok to ride-- body aches, time off.
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Old 11-15-07, 09:16 PM
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Originally Posted by RHOsbrink View Post
TAKE TIME OFF THE BIKE. It should not take you 5-7 days to recover-- you are delaying your recovery by continuing to ride. Head colds are usually ok to ride-- body aches, time off.
Dunno dude- I got the funk past Saturday and took me until today, 6 days, to feel better and I'm still not 100%. And I've been a total wuss, stopped riding altogether, and have been pounding 1500% of my Vitamin C every day.
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Old 11-15-07, 09:24 PM
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TAKE TIME OFF THE BIKE..
No. You take time off the bike. Lengthy illness enhances my all-important sense of self-loathing and misery.
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i sometimes get the seasonal change plague, which is basically a head cold from hell and i pretty much take a break from all aerobic stuff for a few days. i find that if i do anything really physical during this time it just totally wastes me, which sucks because if i don't ride or do some kind of exercise for more than a couple days i become a complete basket case.

been drinking lots of OJ this year in an attempt to fend off the beast. so far so good.
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I take time off the bike. It sucks but I recover much quicker if I take it easy.
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Old 11-15-07, 09:39 PM
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At least a day... then get back on and spin the sickness out-- Im an elem teacher-- AIRBORNE works. Period. Pop some in your drinks and I promise it's the best investment you can make.
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Old 11-15-07, 09:40 PM
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for me when i feeling a sore throat, headache or something along those lines i go out for a ride anyways, it usually stops the symptoms from getting worse beyond a few sneezes. maybe i just have an awesome immune system
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Is it possible to get a cold from breathing in turkey poop fumes??

I worked in Indiana for a few months and the weirdo corn farmers there use turkey poop to fertilize the soil on their corncrops after the last harvest. It was a putrid smell reeking of sour milk and poop that I believe infected my lungs w/ musty bird stool bacteria . I've been hacking up fetid lung gobules since taking a whiff of that rank bird poop.
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Harden the f*** up.
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Essentially I mostly listen to my body. If I feel like this tomorrow, another day off. Oh well.
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So you do take time off! Welcome to the realm of normalcy.
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I usually only ride 5-6 days a week with at least a full recovery day. If my body tells me to take it easy I obey and that is my recovery day. And if it is 2 days then thats ok too. Sounds like you are listening to your body. It will never lie to you. It tells you when you are thirsty so you drink. It tells you when you are hungry so you eat. It tells you when you are horney so you....get the picture.
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I've always heard that if the cold is above your neck -- stuffy nose, runny eyes, headache, then riding (or any aerobic activity) is okay. Below the neck -- sore throat, cough, body aches then you should just get rest.

Not a doctor, don't play one on tv, didn't stay at a Holiday Inn Express.
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So you do take time off! Welcome to the realm of normalcy.
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Fever is the only thing that sidelines me. I too find that riding when sick usually makes me feel better, or keeps the bug from worsening. Fever though has always been my weakness. Temps get much over 101 and I am in bed contemplating death.
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Harden the f*** up.
When I saw the thread, I just knew I knew I'd find ^^^.

Ex-mil by chance?
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I've had a virus/cold for almost 2 weeks and its finally winding down. I've been too busy with work & other things to ride much although the two days I have ridden felt pretty good. Almost everyone I know here who has had it has required at least 2 weeks to get over it with some going 3 and longer.

It's nasty.

I'm just hoping no one in the family has it at Thanksgiving next week to pass it around again.

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• I ride regardless, it doesn't seem to impact my illness one way or the other. It certainly doesn't seem to make me sicker, if anything the workout may help push the pace of the virus along.


ditto. i especially like to ride when i have head/sinus colds. seems to clear things out quite a bit. i just don't like riding when i have viruses in the "mid" to "lower" gi.

• When I get to the 'hit by a train' state like today, I generally bag it, just because I feel too punked out to ride. For me not to ride, I have to feel pretty destroyed.


i'm getting old. i don't know what that means.
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Wow Pcad, you must be sick...you didn't even refer to yourself in the third person...
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Wow, how timely can this thread be? I called in sick today to work from home. The only time I don't ride is if I have a really bad sore throat, bad headaches, or chest congestion. I find that eating spicy Korean Shim Ramyun and a homemade orange smoothie, and going for an easy spin for an hour or two really helps clear up whatever sickness decided to invade my body. I generally don't stay sick too long, and feel much better after a ride. Like pretty much everyone already stated...I listen to my body.

Ok, I'm really not THAT sick, I just wanted to try out my new booties today....31deg
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Originally Posted by Psimet2001 View Post
Fever is the only thing that sidelines me. I too find that riding when sick usually makes me feel better, or keeps the bug from worsening. Fever though has always been my weakness. Temps get much over 101 and I am in bed contemplating death.
I get exactly the same type of illness every time...it never varies. Always starts as a sore throat, then that subsides and I get brutal nasal congestion followed up by incessant coughing up of greenish crap from my chest (obviously a chest infection). I always get a low grade fever. My temp NEVER rises, so while I feel poor I dont think I ever get as bad as folks whose temps rise. Odd but thats the way it is with me. I usually take a couple days off till the sore throat goes away then I ride/workout mildly from that ppoint on.
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Generally speaking, if you still have fever in 3 days, it may be influenza. If you don't lose the fever in 5 days, see a doctor, as you may have picked up a secondary bacterial infection.

BTW: there are no treatments for cold or flu viruses. Rest, aspirin, harden the f-k up, etc.


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You have to play(cycle) through the pain.
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