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struck by illness...(15 posts)

struck by illness...Iwannapodiumgirl
Jan 13, 2003 4:30 PM
For the past 6 weeks I have sufferred from a liver infection. The doctor specifically told me not to ride my bike, as i only had 60% liver function at best!
He now says I can ride, very very easily and very very slowly.

Needless to say the infection has taken its toll - I have lost a lot of my fitness - I puff when I walk up (slight) hills.

Will I look like a nob ridding in knicks, jersey, bike shoes etc and sitting on my 10sp Record EV2 riding at 15kms to 20kms an hour?

Also, what do you guys think is the best training program for me at this stage to rebuild my fitness? I need to take it easy until the Doc says otherwise, yet I do not want to get bored.
I've been sick (not nearly as bad)fracisco
Jan 13, 2003 5:17 PM
I've had a nasty cold the past couple of weeks that has kept me off the bike, and I took it easy on the way into the xmas holidays, too, so my fitness is way down.

I've told myself to take it easy and work on low intensity stuff, with a goal of getting back into the group ride in a couple of weeks. Nobody else will really notice what you're riding or wearing except for you, so don't be hard on yourself, and don't do too much too soon. It's tough to keep it off the big ring, and not try to scramble up the same hills I was spinning up just a month ago, but I don't want to get setback further.
If they pick on you, just tell themKristin
Jan 13, 2003 5:33 PM
Just tell the posuers making fun of you that you very nearly died from a serious infection. But you fought with all your strength to stay alive because you had not yet raised enough money for cancer research, AIDS and orphaned children. Then offer for them to go on without you because you would hate to think of slowing anyone down on a bike ride. :)

Sorry to hear you were ill. Hope you are well soon. Oh, and one more thing. Perhaps its not all bad. I am going from being sedentary to trying to be fit. Down here--at the bottom--the gains in ability and skill are incredible. It might be refreshing.
If they pick on you, just tell themIwannapodiumgirl
Jan 13, 2003 7:09 PM
Thanks Kristin for your sobering words.

Never thought of that approach - if that should prove ineffective, I will let you know and you can bash 'em up for me ;o)
re: struck by illness...The Human G-Nome
Jan 13, 2003 5:34 PM
what were your symptoms?
symptomsIwannapodiumgirl
Jan 13, 2003 7:13 PM
It started as an upset tummy, which involved me passing a lot of liquid (usually what I drank 3 minutes before!) through an alternative route, if you know what I mean...

Doctor said I looked unwell and ordered numerous blood tests. It revealed my poor liver function. But at least I now know all my blood levels, which I hope to improve too!
Root cause?fracisco
Jan 13, 2003 8:30 PM
Did the doc give you a root cause? Bad food? Tropical illness? Abuse of the organ?
Root cause?Iwannapodiumgirl
Jan 14, 2003 2:06 PM
Doc thinks it was some bad food. Considering I watch what I eat for religious dietry reasons I find that a bit hard to swallow (ignore the pun!)

I am not much of a drinker - gave up beer when I decided to take my cycling more serious, yet I do enjoy a nice 12yo scotch as much as the next guy, oh, and a good glass of red!
symptomsThe Human G-Nome
Jan 13, 2003 9:12 PM
i work in a Liver Transplant department and was just wondering what caused the doctors to think that way.
symptoms part 2Iwannapodiumgirl
Jan 13, 2003 10:00 PM
He said i looked jaundice, so decided on the blood tests focusing on my liver.
symptoms part 2The Human G-Nome
Jan 13, 2003 10:52 PM
ok, that makes sense. well, i'm glad you're feeling better now. that's a bad stretch of luck.
Do you train very hard?Kristin
Jan 14, 2003 7:01 AM
How did the doctor come to decide it was an infection? I have a friend who overtrained on year and went into either liver or kidney failure (I can't remember which).
not really :o(Iwannapodiumgirl
Jan 14, 2003 2:09 PM
Due to working full-time and studying Masters part-time, I do not have a lot of time for training, so "over-training" is not really possible.

The blood tests (and this is where my lack of medical knowledge is shown) showed my antibodied levels consistent with an infection.

It is thankfully passing now, and my latest blood test (I have weekly blood and urine tests - I feel like a real pro cyclist) shows liver function is now just under 90%
everyone need recovery rides ya know =)BigLeadOutGuy
Jan 14, 2003 5:46 AM
dont sweat it IWANNA...every racer has to do recovery rides and they are very very very slow....anyone that knows anythign about fitness knows this...so take it easy and spin away without a worry in the world...just think of it as a few weeks of recovery rides till your up to speed, who cares what the freds that ride fast all the time think about your slow speed...im sure they couldnt do a 40k TT in under an hour anyways =)
Im glad to hear you are well...rest up and stay healthy!!
At the risk of sounding like a spammer ....superdog
Jan 15, 2003 8:41 PM
Speaking of infections... I thought I would mention a product I've been taking since last summer. Biomune. I haven't been sick since I started taking it in August. I usually get several sinus infections and ear infections in the fall and winter. Really messes up the training. Anyway, I'm not in any way affiliated with the company so I'm not making any money by mentioning it. Just wanted to stay healthy so I can ride instead of laying in bed watching the ceiling spin around. I haven't had any infections at all. No colds, flu or infections.