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Anybody else ever get sick after riding thier first century?(6 posts)

Anybody else ever get sick after riding thier first century?Slowclimber
Jul 8, 2002 8:38 AM
First of all I haven't been sick for more than two years and rarely ever get sick, never in the summer. I haven't been around anybody that was sick either so I'm wondering if it was the ride or just bad luck.

Last weekend I completed my first century last week and didn't feel all that drained when finishing, though I was very tired. The next day I actually felt pretty good.

I took Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday off of the bike and started feeling a little sick on Thursday. I did however go out for a light 21 mile ride on Thursday.

Friday I had a full blown cold and have felt like crap ever since.

This really sucks as I was finally starting to feel like I was getting back into shape again. Now the fitness feels as if it's all but gone as I haven't been able to get on the bike in a week.

I'm guessing the ride was harder on my body than I thought.

Anybody else ever go through this?
Jul 8, 2002 8:52 AM
Colds are caused by a virus. How hot, how cold, how hard you are working doesn't make much difference.

You got it from someone, and it's entirely possible that you got it indirectly from the century. Someone already sick sneezed on the cookies, for example. Or touched the porta potty handle.

Keep riding.
Jul 8, 2002 9:01 AM
Thanks for the response,

I do understand that colds are caused by virus's and how they work.

I guess my thought is that my immune system was taxed out due to the extra effort needed for the century. Which left me much more susceptible to getting sick than I would normally be.

Mostly just curious if anybody else has had this problem before.
re: Anybody else ever get sick after riding thier first century?Me Dot Org
Jul 8, 2002 8:53 AM
I'd bet you dollars to doughnuts that your Century wasn't what caused the sickness. If anything I would say you took TOO much time off. Nothing wrong with a light recovery ride the next day. (I rode a 43 mile loop the day after my first Century).

I don't know about other people - but unless I'm really sick I ride. By that I mean if I have a slight cold (as I do today) I still ride. Maybe not as hard, but it still feels good.

I'm not saying you should ride if you are really sick - just do what your body says is okay.
On the contraryspeedisgood
Jul 8, 2002 9:09 AM
Extremely taxing exercise decreases your body's ability to fight off infections and illnesses. Centuries, marathons, and Ironman distance races fall into this category for most people. I bet your immune system was down when the virus took hold and you just didn't feel until a few days after.

Next time maybe try taking echinacea a for a few days before and vitamin C the day of the next century, if you want.
It could be relatedColnagoFE
Jul 8, 2002 12:11 PM
I often find when I do extremely taxing events that my immune system gets compromised and I'm more likely to get a cold.