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Riding with cold-Help or harm!(4 posts)

Riding with cold-Help or harm!the bull
Mar 29, 2003 5:18 AM
I sometimes feel better after riding lightly on rollers when I have a cold.I feel my sinus clear out and I think it helps my body feel better.My wife one the other hand says I should lay down and rest because my body needs the energy to fight the cold.I'll rest after I ride and eat lots of food so I have lots of energy!What do you guys think?
re: Riding with cold-Help or harm!Spunout
Mar 29, 2003 5:41 AM
Maybe use the next day test as an indicator. I was laid up this week with a sinus cold, and I'm six days off the bike. No way I could have tried, my balance was off and breathing was very tough.

If you're inside on the rollers, go a bit. Watch the cold weather outside maybe. YMMV.
re: Riding with cold-Help or harm!Matno
Mar 29, 2003 8:20 PM
Depends on the cold. In my experience, nothing cures a good head cold like a hard day of snow skiing. Biking seems to have a similar effect. On the other hand, I've had other more throaty colds turn into nasty bronchial infections from overdoing things physically. I suppose you just have to go with what feels best. If your body feels depleted during the ride, cut it short and get some rest. Otherwise, enjoy the ride and go really fast. And, although it sounds gross, while you're riding hard, clear as much phlegm from mouth and nose as possible...

That's my opinion based purely on my own experience... If I were to use the "knowledge" of the common cold that I've learned in medical school, I'd say live it up. You're pretty much helpless to change the course of the cold either way. At least, that seems to be what they teach us. You can, however, control the symptoms with drugs. Not that I recommend tempting fate, then ignoring the consequences with the aid of drugs...

For what it's worth, I woke up this morning with a stuffy, sneezy nose. Then I went for a hard ride this afternoon, and now I feel much better. Hope your luck is as good as mine! (On the other hand, my daughter just got pink eye, and my chances of not getting that are kind of low at the moment. :^(
Just completed a metric century with a cold...joekm
Mar 31, 2003 5:52 AM
It was relatively hilly as well, and my hill climbing is pretty mediocre to begin with. Anyway, it started mostly in my throat but, by the end of the day, it got much worse and had spread into my sinuses. I also bonked around 52-53 miles into it and was basically running on willpower (although I did complete the course). Of course, it was also rainy and windy at times on the course so this might not have been the best time to go out with a cold.

OTOH - I once set a personal best time on a relatively flat 30 miler with a headcold.