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Old 02-15-18, 11:09 PM
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Got back out after over a week!

Felt good to get back on the mtb and spin around for 45 minutes. I got back home late, around 6pm and initially wasn't planning on biking today but I had to blow off steam! The roads were mostly dry, though the sidewalks were wet in many places. The temperature was right at the "triple point" with a 16mph nw breeze, but I never encountered ice. A few times I'd feel the tires get a little wiggly but nothing dramatic. 12 miles in 45 minutes made for a perfect outing (2.2" tires at 30psi ) and I didn't overdue it, important because we're starting up work again (I do outdoor construction) and I'm just getting over a cold.

The whole family has finally recovered from whatever virus we had, me included! I wasn't feeling the best over a week ago but went out in our blizzard anyway. Sure enough I ended up with a nasty chest cold and fatigue! Good old Vicks to the rescue! My young son is back to his energetic self, but still coughs quite a bit when laying down and sleeping.

How about the bike forum members, any problems with sickness this winter? How did you cope?
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Two bouts with flu this winter, both times I was out for about a week. Lots of my colleagues, family, and friends have taken their turn as well.

It does feel great to get back out after a long layoff.
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Old 02-18-18, 10:55 AM
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A little trick that works surprisingly well was told to me by my Hispanic colleague, and that's a little honey in a warm shot of tequila before bed when you first feel something. It's essentially the same thing as cough syrup, without the groggy feeling in the morning. Plus I have a feeling honey works as a very effective antibacterial.

Of course it didn't work this last time, really it's most effective when going hard in dusty conditions, for me often it's a dusty job site at work.

I wonder if our constant exercise gives us a leg up over others this flu season?
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Originally Posted by GrainBrain View Post
I wonder if our constant exercise gives us a leg up over others this flu season?
That's a good question! I feel that general fitness, healthy nutrition and being used to the cold help you stay up longer / help avoid some of the routes downwards. But once it does catch up with you, it won't help you out anymore.
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The temperature was right at the "triple point"
what does this mean? glad you are feeling better
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
what does this mean? glad you are feeling better
My fancy way of saying 32F, or 0C when thinking about water. At this temperature water exists as a liquid, a solid, and a gas. Pretty neat. So I get paranoid because it can quickly get icy - water already on the road can ice, or a slight foggy mist can start to ice up a smooth sidewalk. Lucky for me the residual heat kept stuff warm, but another half hour and it would be iffy.

I'll be looking for discount studded tires this spring for sure!

I feel a little bad, as soon as everyone started to feel better in the family everyone around us got sick
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