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Training while sick(5 posts)

Training while sickshirt
Feb 11, 2002 11:41 AM
So on Friday night my 1st grader generously shared his flu with me and on Saturday I went for my usual group (very fast group) ride. Less than two hours into the ride I got that "dropped from a 2-story building onto concrete" feeling and pulled out and went home. That night I slept fitfully, got a temperature and had the usual achy-flu feelings. But I stayed in bed 12 hours and felt about 50% better yesterday and today I'm... okay but not great.

Conventional wisdom says not to work out at all when you're "sick." But what exactly does "sick" mean? And is doing NOTHING better than spinning for 45 minutes at 120hr? I want to be hammering again by next weekend, but don't want to give up too much of my base yet don't want to draw out this flu longer than necessary.

Yes, I'm peaking for a couple mid-March races.

More like racing while sickallervite
Feb 11, 2002 12:18 PM
I was surprised you stuck in as long as you did, being sick. That was a very, very fast ride. They ended up doing a lot more hard climbing. Rumor is the local trainer gave his guys the green light to add a little intensity for the first time of the year: They added a lot. My ego, (as did yours) had me pushing way too hard way too long. I was complete toast.

Get well soon. Hope to see you next weekend.
re: Training while sickBryanJL
Feb 11, 2002 6:42 PM
It takes more than just a few days of complete, total inactivity to start losing fitness gains, and the benefits you'd get from taking time off outweigh any potential losses of fitness.

Take the time to rest. Your body got off the back when the flu hit, and now is the time to "sit in" on the wheel of chicken soup and rest. Allow your body to recover..if you don't recover, you'll jeapordize future gains. Remember, the faster you get well, the better. And you won't get better faster without resting as hard as you train when you're well.

I was surprised by Lance Armstrong's (training) book--it indicates 3-4 weeks for total recovery from the flu or serious colds.

Guidelines I've heard include:

If it's above the neck, easy (very, very) easy spinning for only a few (ie 20) minutes.

If it's below the neck, ie chest could, coughing, then total rest.

From my experience, I just look at being sick as a different form of training, just as hard--staying off the bike and resting.

It's frustrating. Plus a relapse would set you back even farther...ease back into won't be set back by taking a week to get're doing the right thing by making sure your body rests and can get back into training with a strong system.

thx for the advice...shirt
Feb 12, 2002 8:44 AM
one other benefit: now I can easily get rid of those 4 lbs. that have been hanging on far too long...
the general ruleTig
Feb 12, 2002 6:25 PM
I've read and heard that the general rule is you can ride, but take it easy if you have a cold and no fever. If you have a fever and/or flu, rest, and then rest some more after the fever goes away.