So I started getting sick about a week ago. After RAWROD, I felt pretty spent, but I had a lot of good riding opportunities (i.e., the wife and kids were busy with things that did not include me), so I took advantage. I never felt like I recovered from RAWROD though, and when the kids got sick, I eventually succumbed as well. Who knows, maybe I caught the swine flu.
Hold on for a minute.
Okay I'm back. I just checked the symptoms of swine flu:
lethargy - check
fever - a mild check (I haven't had a bad fever since I was 5)
cough - check
runny or stuffy nose - check
diarrhea - um, maybe
body aches - not really
headache - check
sore throat - not really
chills - not really
Then I checked the symptoms of the regular flu and turns out they are the same. Whatever.
Anyway, last night I was finally starting to feel better. Being that overexertion was the reason I got sick in the first place, common sense would dictate that I not do the Wed. night race at Soldier Hollow. So naturally, I did the opposite.
Headed up with Nails and Shae (who are probably having swine flu symptoms by now) and lined up at the back of a huge pack. The plan was to go out easy and see how I felt. That plan was quickly discarded as I tried to stay with the group in front of me. My legs initially felt heavy, but came around pretty quick. I felt crappy most of the race from the waist up, but my legs felt fine. Boring factoid: My heartrate was at 178 or so for most of the climb, which is quite a bit higher than a normal race for me.
Made some passes on the climb, and got into a good battle with Trouble Maker and Brandon. I finally got around Brandon at the top and made a gesture like I was going to push him off of his bike. I should have done it for real, because he ended up passing me on one of the fast straight-aways near the bottom of the descent. He put a 5 second gap on me and I was never able to close it. I finished 5 seconds behind Brandon, and then TM came in 5 seconds later.
I don't know that I can say I was any slower than I would have been without battling a cold. It was a great race that seemed even more fun than the last time I rode it (2 years ago). My 43 minute lap means that the race on Sat will last 2:15 or so. Ouch.
A bunch of us hit up Mi Ranchito after the race. Although Mi Ranchito misses almost all of the things to look for when selecting a Mexican restaurant (a definitive list provided by yours truly), the good company more than made up for it.
Feeling okay today. I'm coughing more today (probably from the dust I was sucking in last night), but overall I'm feeling better. So I have a question for y'all. When you're feeling sick, what do you do? Sit around all day? Ride easy? Ride normal? Does it matter in terms of when you'll start feeling better?
5 months ago