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Racing while taking cold medicine?twospoke
Jun 6, 2003 2:11 PM
I have a important race tomorrow, but I have come down with a cold yesterday.
I am taking some cold medicine, and I am wondering weather there
are any drawbacks to taking on in the morning before the race?

Jun 6, 2003 5:34 PM
If you came down with the cold yesterday, racing tomorrow seems like a terrible idea. If you're still in the "whacked" phase of the cold, you could do some serious damage. Once the symptoms begin in earnest (boogers, coughing, etc), that's when you can flirt with hammering. Still not advised, but you can do it.

Regarding the medicine, it's probably only going to take more energy away. But don't race at all. Save it for next weekend.

don't do it man!lonefrontranger
Jun 6, 2003 7:50 PM
2 words: dehydration and unresponsive cardio. Well make that 3 words, but you get the point.

The worst I've felt in a race in years was when I was on Robitussin in a training crit at the beginning of the season. It was like I had a built in rev limiter; my HR wouldn't go above 165 (for comparison, my best groove in long TTs is right around 187).

Also, if you've had the flu, fever and/or chest congestion, do not race or you risk things like walking pneumonia or 8-week bouts of bronchitis. The recommendation I've found that works best is to wait until the fever and tightness in your chest pass, then go easy (like base miles noodle easy) for 2 days for every day you were sick. Otherwise it will take freakin' forever for you to kick it. A couple of my teammates suffered from lingering bouts of cough this spring and were wasted for well over a month because they refused to use this advice.

Allergy or sinus infections you can often get away with racing "sick" and sometimes the intensity will even clear you out some. Even with a sinus infection or plain old stuffy head cold type symptoms, a good rule of thumb is to go out for twenty minutes easy. If you still feel fine, do a 2-minute hard effort. If you feel better afterwards, keep riding. If you feel worse, go home.

With limited exceptions, no one on this board gets paid to race their bikes. Even if they were, most pro team DS will not let their riders start sick. It's not worth torpedoing your entire summer just to do one event before you're healthy.
or you could dieishmael
Jun 9, 2003 7:12 PM
its happend. Someone was just telling me how it happend to someone running in a race in their neighborhood. He had a cold a couple days before. You run a risk if you exhurt to your limit with a virus.

I had a cold a couple days before a tiny (one and a half minute uphill) time trial. I thought I was over it. It came back right afterwards. And I also felt and performed like crap in the timetrial.