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Trained hard all winter.....now Im sick...depressed.(5 posts)

Trained hard all winter.....now Im sick...depressed.I_See_Fred_People
May 22, 2003 12:30 PM
Worked fairly hard all winter to be in good shape once the races started. Now, it beautiful outside, and I cant shake this cough/congestion. I think i screwed up and rode through some of it. Its not that bad, but im definitely not 100%. I am back on antibiotics(i think its viral though) For now i will just spin easy on the trainer. Not sure what will tell me its ok to go hard again. this sucks.
Kicked back all winter...now I'm sick...depressed ;<)Silverback
May 22, 2003 1:11 PM
Didn't hit a lick all winter. Now it's beautiful outside, and my friends are riding off and leaving me. I can't shake the feeling that I'm old and fat and slow. I am back on the beer. For now I'll just sit in the sun...
Trained easily and steadily all winter...now I'm kicking ass. nmeschelon
May 22, 2003 1:22 PM
re: Trained hard all winter.....now Im sick...depressed.Cat 3 boy
May 23, 2003 12:36 AM
Stay cool!! be patient, don't train hard until the congestion is gone, and avoid antibiotics for viral illness. If you present often enough to a doc with cough/congestion you'll end up with a prescription as the doc begins to think that's what you're after (and I'm a doc ;)

Seriously, don't push things now, you'll get better quicker, those base miles will still be there, somewhere, listen to your body & the good times will return. I sympathise with you, I was raving about winning my fist race 5-6 weeks ago & now I'm totally "viral" & unable to ride more than an hour. Worst thing to do is keep pushing it.

Our thoughts are with you
re: Trained hard all winter.....now Im sick...depressed.paulg
May 23, 2003 7:24 AM
I sympathize with you, having been there myself. Not even a sniffle all winter. Come end of March, I'm down for two weeks with strep. Listen to what people say about resting -it heals. Listen to your body, you'll know when it's time to go intense again.

My theory (I'm no doc) - I live in the NE area and it always seems that during seasonal transitions, i.e. winter to spring or summer to fall, there is an increased tendency for people to develop respiratory illnesses. Usually during those times the outside temperatures can be fluctuating wildly - one day it will be 80F and the next 45F! I feel that those ups and downs put undue stress on the body, making us more susceptible. I remember the last time I had a lingering resp. infection was last October - same deal.

My thought is that maybe intentionally backing off in training at those times, might offset the temperature stress. I'll have to try this next fall and see what happens. It'd be great to get thru spring and fall unscathed, right?

Paul