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Riding with a cold???(4 posts)

Riding with a cold???Bosephus
Jun 19, 2001 7:39 AM
This past weekend I managed to catch a nice headcold.

My question is this. Is it better to to ride through the cold or to take a few days off and just rest until you kick it.

In the past I've tried both strategies and had mixed results. In general when I ride with a cold I feel a lot better during the ride. My sinuses clear up and I generally feel like I can breath easier while I'm riding I don't have quite the same energy levels but I don't usually feel that bad. However, when I get done with a ride I feel like a truck ran me over. It's all I can do to make dinner and stay awake until 9:00. SOmetimes I feel like riding through the cold helps me get it out of my system faster. Then again that might just be mental. I hate the idea of potentially missing a week on the bike while I wait for my head to drain.

Any thoughts.
Hit the nail on the head.Thioderek
Jun 19, 2001 8:01 AM
On the 5th day of the CAR I came down with a cold. It wasnt too bad, just my body telling me that I had overtrained and then the ride coming together to rip my immune system apart. I was told that if I went to the medical tent they would probably not let me ride because it could potentially turn into pneumonia (spelling). There was no way I was going to get sidelined from finishing the ride after 5 days of hard work.

I rode the rest of the days and the cold got progressively worse. The only time I felt good was while I was on my bike. Otherwise I would be sitting around with a runny nose and a hacking cough. The ride has been over for a week and a half now and I am just now seeing it go away. I banged out a 45 miler in Central Park this morning and felt better than I did yesterday but am still hurting a bit.

My advice:

Ride, but ride easy. I was pushing myself during the CAR ride. 7 days of that can ruin almost anyone.

There is actually a natural antihistamine (spelling) that is released during extended periods of physical activity, so that is why you probably feel better on a bike working than sitting around sniffling and being miserable.

Take everything I said here with a grain of salt, we are all a bit different.
7 laps in Central Park?! Good boy!boy nigel
Jun 19, 2001 9:16 AM
Hey Thio,

Nigel here. I'm heading to the park right now (11:30). Seven laps of Central's a battle of wills, for sure. Didn't the monotony of going round and round that loop get to you? If not, I commend thee. Nice riding! Nice enough park, of course, but seeing my "exit" usually wears me down after four or five laps, and I ride elsewhere. :)

Catch you out there,
Ive heard this.....railer
Jun 19, 2001 10:04 AM
If your cold is above the neck its ok to ride. It its below the neck (in your lungs) its better to let it heal.

I usually just keep riding. I even did a real tough MTB race (Lemurian Classic) this year with a chest cold. Rode great and the phlegm went away a few days after.