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I feel a cold coming on - should I ride anyway?(7 posts)

I feel a cold coming on - should I ride anyway?OffTheBack
Sep 11, 2002 8:27 AM
I was planning to ride for 2.5 - 3 hours this afternoon and then go out for chicken wings & beers tonight. But I feel that irritation in my sinuses that usually means I'm about to catch a cold. What's your vote - ride but no beer, beer but no ride, both, neither?
my vote...Steve_0
Sep 11, 2002 8:32 AM
as far as exercise...if you FEEL like riding, your ok to ride. Once you begin to question going out, you probably shouldnt.

as far as going out tonight...generally spicy foods will clear the sinus' (good), but beer will help to congest them (bad). your call there.
Raising you body temp through exercise is the same as fever...Bruno
Sep 11, 2002 9:34 AM
Riding could be a good way to stop the cold. By riding your body will raise in temperature which is one of the body's defenses. I would skip the beer.
yes, yes, yesrtyszko
Sep 12, 2002 8:17 AM
ONe of the main reasons why people who do erobic exercise tend to have fewer viral infections is because virus' are very sensitive to temperature fluctuations and will die with elevations of core body temps. A light ride is definitely a way to ward of colds....

Skip the beer. I love it too, but it does nothing for your natural defences.

an easy rideColnagoFE
Sep 11, 2002 10:08 AM
if i go hard when i'm feeling a cold coming on it's a sure way to insure i get it.
re: I feel a cold coming on - should I ride anyway?aliensporebomb
Sep 11, 2002 11:54 AM
I find that, for whatever reason, when I ride more miles
that I actually don't get colds. I usually would get a
summer cold before I started riding more consistently.

Maybe go for an easy spin instead of hammer-fest. That
will probably help. And get more sleep tonight than you
usually do.
Thanks everyone. Short ride it is. nmOffTheBack
Sep 11, 2002 4:05 PM