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Racing after coldDeadGame
Dec 10, 2002 12:38 PM
Seeking sage advice,

I am coming off of an upper respitory infection my last antibiotic was Sat 12/7. I intend to Race this Sunday 12/15. My last ride was pretty intense Saturday 11/30 have not done anything since then. I have really tried to get well this time. My question. I am starting to feel normal now and am sure I will be fine Sunday. How much endurance have I lost. Will this really kill my chances Sunday. I was planning to ride my trainer tonight just to get my legs back into memory. Any adivce on what to do from now until Sunday diet/training etc...

The break will probably have cost you ...Humma Hah
Dec 10, 2002 2:01 PM
... but my own experience is that I've occasionally defeated colds with a hard workout. What has generally worked best is a good hard workout when I feel a cold coming on. But if I do let a cold take hold, a good workout during recovery generally makes me feel worlds better.

If you do choose to race, have realistic expectations, and stop if you experience problems such as a coughing spell.
re: Racing after coldmanicoti
Dec 11, 2002 4:55 AM
I would say your chances of preforming as if you never had the cold are not great, but I don't know what you where doing before the infection came on. It is a physiological fact that after doing repeated hard workouts, the immune system is temporarily depressed to help your body recover and heal. Therefore you are more liable to get sick. I would say do a few easier workouts with your HR in zone 1, maybe a little zone 2, do a couple short sprints to feel the power in your legs, but don't overdo it, and don't have unrealistic expectations about your results.
Take this and all advice with a big grain of salt for good measure, good luck, and don't get sick again.
re: Racing after coldDeadGame
Dec 13, 2002 5:57 AM
Thanks for the input.... I'll let you know how bad it was
re: Racing after coldDeadGame
Dec 16, 2002 7:41 AM
I didn't expect to be as strong as I was before the infection, however what really killed me was my lung capacity. It was like I was breathing through a straw. I felt like I was smothering the entire race. Too bad because I got the holeshot on a course that suited my strenghts, very technical course with mucho singletrack and short steep climbs. Oh well at least I got to race

Thanks for the advice