Training when sick. Good, bad or otherwise....

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Training when sick. Good, bad or otherwise....

Postby Chuck » Wed Aug 26, 2009 5:31 pm

Just wondering who continues to train when they are sick, ie coughs, sniffles, sore throat, high temp etc.

It's a bit hard to avoid at this time of year (especially when you have kids :evil: ) and I have succumbed somewhat over the last few days. Felt some weakness on the bike on Sunday and sure enough the symptoms as above followed. Not completely wiped out, but definitely down a bit. Had Mon and Tue off the bike then ventured out today.

So do you guys try to ride through it ? Success rates ?

And to the more knowledgable (ie Alex) does it do more harm than good to continue to train when you're sick ?

Have been happy with how it's coming along the last couple of months, feeling very motivated, and don't want to take any steps backward.
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Re: Training when sick. Good, bad or otherwise....

Postby USM TOM » Wed Aug 26, 2009 5:57 pm

whats the point of training if you cant train at your best??

i never ride when im sick as you wont wither away to nothing if you take a week off and you will feel like ass if you do ride.
you might even find a week off will make you feel stronger on the bike
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Re: Training when sick. Good, bad or otherwise....

Postby drubie » Wed Aug 26, 2009 8:49 pm

Shorter version: above the neck, go but slow. Below the neck NO GO!
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Re: Training when sick. Good, bad or otherwise....

Postby lemmiwinks » Wed Aug 26, 2009 8:51 pm

I've been sick (head cold with a mostly dry cough) for two weeks tomorrow, no training, no racing. I've been happy to be able to cycle to work and back.
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Re: Training when sick. Good, bad or otherwise....

Postby Chuck » Wed Aug 26, 2009 9:21 pm

Alex Simmons/RST wrote:http://www.cyclecoach.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=65&Itemid=107


Great link thanks :D

Going by that info I may have gone a little too hard today. If I'm no worse I'll do some lower intensity riding in the next couple of days.
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Re: Training when sick. Good, bad or otherwise....

Postby Wayfarer » Sat Aug 29, 2009 9:03 pm

i've heard that exercising when you're badly sick (fever i think it was?) you have an extreme chance of getting a heart virus..
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