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Training when sick(4 posts)

Training when sickI Love Shimano
Dec 3, 2001 5:55 PM
Need to know how much of your routine is affected when you are sick, but not too sick that you have to forgo training. I have colds now, not the green stuff, but the clear watery stuff. Will it be OK to ride hard, or should I ride easy? I don't have an HRM, so I usually use the Perceived Rating of Exertion scale. Should I be riding at a 4-6 RPE?
I guess love really is blind. Your
Dec 3, 2001 9:38 PM
Get some Campy Carbon cranks. They should clear up everything up, IluvshemaNO. You may have to deliver a few more pizzas to afford them though, that could take some exertion.

Well, what I do is this....John-d
Dec 4, 2001 3:44 AM
If the cold is developing, no training, nothing. IMHO it just drives the virus around the body which cannot cope because of the stress of training.

If the cold has peaked and you feel good, then a nice steady ride can blow it away.

Why are you getting colds, this can be a sympton of over-training in it's own right? If it is due to contact with unhealthy non cyclists, well try to avoid them. If the colds come from nowhere then it may be your training routine is driving down your immune system.

Stay healthy

neckline ruleDuane Gran
Dec 4, 2001 7:15 AM
I read somewhere something called the "neckline rule." Basically if the cold is above your neck (stuffy nost & sinus) then go ride, but do a light ride. If it is below the neck (chest congestion) don't ride at all. This is the rule I use and I haven't aggrivated a cold through riding, however I refrain from doing intervals and nasty stuff when sick. ;)