woke up late this morning, looked out and thought to myself wheres the rain they predicted. I have been off the bike for 3 weeks due to man flu (i think i was close to death, well maybe a slight exaggeration). Doc said stay off till mid July as this years viruses seemed to be lingering on. Whats does he know, hes not a cyclist, (didnt feel to bad, didnt feel great but had no more cough or runny nose). Headed off to do Bollards and maybe Lofty, met a rider from Sydney over here for a week heading east along cross rd, he was excited about climbing Willunga Hill, disappointed him when i told him he was no where near it & heading in the wrong direction. So he joined me for a climb up the freeway. It wasnt long into the climb where i started to struggle, legs were heavy and i was struggling to breathe, pushed on but was dropping back. It got too much and i had to stop, just to try and get my breathing under control. The whole time just wanting to turn back according to the my body, mind said HTFU, so i continued on. Made it to the bollards just, turned around and headed home, just past the old petrol station at "eagle on the hill" a dog came out of no where, i performed a speedway bike manuver (front wheel heading in the right direction, back of the bike 90 degrees to front. Manage not to drop the bike and looked back to see dog had retreated back from where he came from. I didnt feel the cold coming down but now i sit at home again with a runny nose and a continuous cough feeling like crap. Should i have listen to my body or doc, or this is what we do. If this is what we do, give me some good reasons as now the MRS has no sympathy for me??
I had the near death man flu a couple of weeks ago. I was 2/3 of the way through a three race series and in with a good chance of winning so against my better judgement I raced. I actually rode better than I thought, the chest and nose cleared up (I'm glad I wasn't following me) nicely and I've been fine since. Admittedly I normally shake the manflu (and the pathetic little common cold) in a day or so and this had dragged on for a week so it may have cleared up anyway.
Can you teach me that speedway move :)
i dont have a bag of tricks, so i think that was a once only attempt, luckily to get away this time
Hopefully the guy from Sydney doesn't catch on to your illness.
Maybe an easier flat ride would have been a better first option. Check your resting HR in the morning, if it's miles away from your normal resting HR then you need more rest. (miles away = 6-8+ beats/minute higher), you can use that theory with general training, not just when you're ill.
man-flu should never be underestimated...
Very high fitness levels can lower the immune system. Usual advice is not to rush back into it again, take some time off.
I agree, Frank - Olive Leaf Extract is amazing stuff. Have been using this for several years now and find it the best cold killer out there!
Had a similar sort of week. Recovering from a lingering near-deadly virus but thought I'd be good enough to ride up some hills.
I made it, but posted an embarrassingly slow time up norton summit (about 2:30 behind my PB, and apart from said virus, I'm reasonably fit at the moment), and then I remained sick for another couple of days.
But if I'd not ridden, my mates would have told me to BTFU, so either way there's no winning!
never had a cold since i moved here 15yrs ago but of coarse saying that may change my luck.
work with kids Col.......