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Ride or rest when sick or you have a cold?(11 posts)

Ride or rest when sick or you have a cold?VO2_max
May 15, 2003 1:54 PM
Had a nice base building up - but had a lot of travel for work and now have a bona fide cold (green stuff and everything) - I would usully ride easy but curious what others in the forum do?


May 15, 2003 2:00 PM
I'm lying around with Vitamin C's and a box of tissues. It hurts even worse with a brand spankin' new Eddy Merckx leaning against the wall mocking me in my misery.
re: Ride or rest when sick or you have a cold?js5280
May 15, 2003 2:35 PM
Rule of thumb, if it's above the neck, you should be able to train, but not too hard. Below the neck, take some time off.
Color usually indicates sinus infection...Lone Gunman
May 15, 2003 3:50 PM
Riding can make it worse especially if you need to blow some snot rockets. You start moving the trapped mucus around and it gets into the eustacion?sp tube and you could begin to have much larger and longer problem. Ear aches, dizziness, you just can't breathe that well. Did that(road with a cold/infection) this past fall and think I felt sick most of the winter.
Rest, you need energy to get better nmrwbadley
May 15, 2003 6:58 PM
Fever=Rest.........Snot= Ride.......nmMR_GRUMPY
May 15, 2003 7:12 PM
re: Ride or rest when sick or you have a cold?Cat 3 boy
May 16, 2003 12:25 AM
As a physician I agree with the advice to never ride with a fever, (saw a guy get myocarditis once from a simple viral illness when he didn't rest, went on the transplant list!!)

As for snot colour, ignore it. Any mucus that sits in the nasal passages for more than a few hours gets colonised by your normal "flora" of bacteria, it's not important. However, fever, breathlessness, aching muscles, these are all things to heed, they're telling you to REST.

As I type this I'm full of ibuprofen & paracetamol, ill at home, just like you, wishing I was on my bike :(

Be patient, you'll soon be back out on the road.

Cat 3 Boy
re: Ride or rest when sick or you have a cold?Old_school_nik
May 16, 2003 5:08 AM
Thanks so much to all who responded MD's especially.

A very funny and creative bunch you all are.

one and only rule:Steve_0
May 16, 2003 5:28 AM
If you FEEL like riding, you're well enough to ride. If you DONT feel like riding, you're too ill.

Too many people dont understand their own body. Feeling run-down isnt the affect of illness; its the COUNTERACTION to illness! The only reason you feel run-down when you're sick is that your body is concentrating antibodies (or whatever it needs to fight the illness) to the location of the illness. The body realizes it doesnt have enough antibodies to go around, so it makes you feel like crap simply so that you lay on the couch, rest, and watch OLN .

The sicker you are, the more antis are concentrated, the more rest your body needs, the worse your body feels. If you have the mental energy to ride, you have the physical energy to ride (of course, you need to continue monitoring your body DURING your ride).
Ride, but don't push too hard. (nm)macalu
May 16, 2003 5:37 AM
Above the neck, Ride.Charlie Amerique
May 16, 2003 7:26 AM
Below the neck, don't.

The fever thing is good too, but I figured everyone knows that one.