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Old 01-07-23, 08:19 PM
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A few more anecdotes from my experience with the Super Cooties...

More than a year after catching the bug in October 2021, I finally feel like I'm back to the level of fitness I was before getting sick. Took about a year.

However I need more time to recover. I used to be able to ride or run almost every day. Now I usually need a full recovery day after any bike ride or run longer than an hour. Friday I did a 20 minute easy warmup on the indoor trainer, a 5.5 mile run at moderate pace, another hour on the indoor trainer at easy effort to cool down and loosen up some tight hip and quad muscles. Felt great before bedtime. But Saturday I was wiped out and could hardly get out of bed. That's been typical for the past year since recovering from COVID.

I haven't been able to handle long rides, including group rides, since earlier in 2021. If I join friends for a casual ride, between the commute to and from the meetup, the ride itself, and maybe socializing during and after, that's often a commitment of 4-6 hours or longer. I just don't have the energy for that anymore. But another factor is chronic neck pain from cervical spine stenosis, which limits my rides to 60-90 minutes.

But age is probably another factor. I'm 65 now and significant gains in fitness are almost impossible. I'm mostly treading water and trying to minimize the loss of fitness. Very different experience compared with 2015 when I resumed cycling at age 57 after a 30+ year hiatus from riding and running. From 2015-2020, I experienced steady, and sometimes dramatic, improvements in fitness. But nobody beats aging, we can only delay the inevitable with a bit of luck, good genetics, diet, exercise and rest.
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Old 01-08-23, 02:04 AM
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
A few more anecdotes from my experience with the Super Cooties...

More than a year after catching the bug in October 2021, I finally feel like I'm back to the level of fitness I was before getting sick. Took about a year.

However I need more time to recover. I used to be able to ride or run almost every day. Now I usually need a full recovery day after any bike ride or run longer than an hour. Friday I did a 20 minute easy warmup on the indoor trainer, a 5.5 mile run at moderate pace, another hour on the indoor trainer at easy effort to cool down and loosen up some tight hip and quad muscles. Felt great before bedtime. But Saturday I was wiped out and could hardly get out of bed. That's been typical for the past year since recovering from COVID.

I haven't been able to handle long rides, including group rides, since earlier in 2021. If I join friends for a casual ride, between the commute to and from the meetup, the ride itself, and maybe socializing during and after, that's often a commitment of 4-6 hours or longer. I just don't have the energy for that anymore. But another factor is chronic neck pain from cervical spine stenosis, which limits my rides to 60-90 minutes.

But age is probably another factor. I'm 65 now and significant gains in fitness are almost impossible. I'm mostly treading water and trying to minimize the loss of fitness. Very different experience compared with 2015 when I resumed cycling at age 57 after a 30+ year hiatus from riding and running. From 2015-2020, I experienced steady, and sometimes dramatic, improvements in fitness. But nobody beats aging, we can only delay the inevitable with a bit of luck, good genetics, diet, exercise and rest.
Wow - you've really had a tough time of it. I'm sorry about all that.

Well the aging is hitting all of us. I'm 61 and though I haven't experienced large losses in strength and endurance, I definitely know that it's a holding operation - trying to hang on to what I have, with few prospects of improvement....
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I just had covid two weeks ago. It was mild and I did not stop riding. Treat it as if you had a cold that didnt have a name. Listen to your body and dont push too hard.
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Old 02-26-23, 06:06 AM
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I had the Pfizer vaccine and boosters. Despite being very careful, I was given Covid at a birthday party on Thanksgiving weekend (Saturday). On Wednesday, I felt time but my morning HrV was messed up. My ride that day was off (Heart rate to Power in the aerobic zone Z2). That night I started to sneeze and had a 99.5F fever for 2-3 hours. I woke up with a runny nose and kept sneezing. I felt ok. Took an antibody test and was positive. Took a PCR test and also positive.

3 months later, I have myalgia, still stuffy and runny, lung congestion, and no sense of smell. FTP off by 75 watts. Yes, I went to my Doc. I also went to the cardiologist. None of them are concerned with a 25% drop in aerobic capacity, told me I am old and that is normal. Ok, I have not dropped 1% in 4 years and in 3 weeks I drop 25% and they say it is normal.

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Old 02-27-23, 08:40 AM
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Originally Posted by GhostRider62 View Post
I had the Pfizer vaccine and boosters. Despite being very careful, I was given Covid at a birthday party on Thanksgiving weekend (Saturday). On Wednesday, I felt time but my morning HrV was messed up. My ride that day was off (Heart rate to Power in the aerobic zone Z2). That night I started to sneeze and had a 99.5F fever for 2-3 hours. I woke up with a runny nose and kept sneezing. I felt ok. Took an antibody test and was positive. Took a PCR test and also positive.

3 months later, I have myalgia, still stuffy and runny, lung congestion, and no sense of smell. FTP off by 75 watts. Yes, I went to my Doc. I also went to the cardiologist. None of them are concerned with a 25% drop in aerobic capacity, told me I am old and that is normal. Ok, I have not dropped 1% in 4 years and in 3 weeks I drop 25% and they say it is normal.

Super Coddies, my A$$
Sorry to hear and your questions to your providers are reasonable, but their response is exactly what one would expect. Cardiologists are interested in people with objective, actionable, and billable signs of cardiovascular disease. If you had signs, they could transform you from an athlete to a patient, put you on meds, take you to the cath lab, and maybe turn you over to the chest crackers. All very slow.

Thought about a visit to an exercise lab and a little expert coaching?
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Old 02-27-23, 09:02 AM
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha View Post
Sorry to hear and your questions to your providers are reasonable, but their response is exactly what one would expect. Cardiologists are interested in people with objective, actionable, and billable signs of cardiovascular disease. If you had signs, they could transform you from an athlete to a patient, put you on meds, take you to the cath lab, and maybe turn you over to the chest crackers. All very slow.

Thought about a visit to an exercise lab and a little expert coaching?
Since I presented with general inflammation, how would it not be reasonable for my heart to be inflamed? If so, what would be a more appropriate recommendation from them? I explicitly stated that concern multiple times. A catheter? How about some blood work. No money? I am on a monitor 24/7. Beats me why. Billable?

Why do I need a coach? That is a very perplexing response. As an MD, your response seems typical. Why do I need a coach. A few years ago I did 18.4 METs in my early 60's. A drop in threshold power of 75 watts in 2-3 weeks after acquiring Covid and I need a coach. My stoke volume is much less than before Covid and I am fatigued, that is the medical issue.
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Originally Posted by GhostRider62 View Post
Since I presented with general inflammation, how would it not be reasonable for my heart to be inflamed? If so, what would be a more appropriate recommendation from them? I explicitly stated that concern multiple times. A catheter? How about some blood work. No money? I am on a monitor 24/7. Beats me why. Billable?

Why do I need a coach? That is a very perplexing response. As an MD, your response seems typical. Why do I need a coach. A few years ago I did 18.4 METs in my early 60's. A drop in threshold power of 75 watts in 2-3 weeks after acquiring Covid and I need a coach. My stoke volume is much less than before Covid and I am fatigued, that is the medical issue.
What was your stroke volume before and after COVID?
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Originally Posted by GhostRider62 View Post
3 months later, I have myalgia, still stuffy and runny, lung congestion, and no sense of smell. FTP off by 75 watts. Yes, I went to my Doc. I also went to the cardiologist. None of them are concerned with a 25% drop in aerobic capacity, told me I am old and that is normal. Ok, I have not dropped 1% in 4 years and in 3 weeks I drop 25% and they say it is normal.
Have you considered getting a workup from a sports cardiologist? They ought to be more sympathetic to an athlete's concerns, and less likely to disregard your complaints.

My nearest resource is Stanford Sports Cardiology:

Our treatment strategy focuses on you, as an athlete, first by determining if you have a heart problem and then by safely managing any symptoms we find. We work with you, to get you up and competing even stronger than before, and then by safely managing any symptoms you report or any questionable test results. If no heart condition is found, we can still optimize your performance and guide you to preventing future problems.
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