Sickness and Training

This week so far has been a little crazy with my summer class coming to an end.  Finals and projects due in the same day (throw in a little bit of procrastination) make for a hectic morning.  The past few days I have been feeling run down and generally not feeling good.  Add to the fact that Barcia was racing with mono, I thought it would be good to go over training/riding while sick.

There are a few guidelines that should be taken into consideration before training while sick.  The best way to gauge if you are ready is if you feel anything below the neck, do not train.  Simply rest and hydrate.  Anything like the flu that can cause a fever is another signal to rest.  The body is already at an elevated temperature and compounding that with even moderate exercise could lead to more serious injuries.

Although flu’s and colds are not common in the summer, they can still happen.  Extreme stress on the body such as heat exhaustion can cause the body to catch a fever.  When joints start to become achy and you get the chills during an afternoon in the summer, you need to relax and take a few days off.  Children often have this problem during flu season; they are just starting to feel better then they exert too much energy to get hit by the cold twice as hard.  This happened to me a few years ago at a race.  I was starting to feel better the day before and decided to go for it.  I still had a runny nose and felt a little run down, but I raced regardless.  The next day was hell and I felt like I had been hit by a bus.

The best way to avoid this whole situation is to get lots of rest, drink plenty of water and get acclimated to the heat.  You have start listening to your body and you will know when you can and can’t train/ride.  Light cardio is probably the best idea because you are not exerting a lot of force on the body.  Just remember to have plenty of water with you before, during and after your workout.  It is even more crucial when you are sick.  If you are good from the neck up, you should be okay.  Just be smart about it!


Posted on Jun 22 2011, under Training | No Comments »

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