7.20.2008

Training While Sick

I was worried that if I looked up what to do about training when you're sick, that I would find website upon website that told me to suck it up and get out there. This is the information I found instead (pieced together from a few different sites):

"The perpetual dilemma for the triathlete who has the misfortune to catch one of these bugs out of season is what to do about training.

In any case, when you are ill your body is unable to perform at its usual level since so many of its resources are being commandeered to fight off the infection. Thus, the benefit of exercise in this state is questionable.

As for intensity, even when you are 'kind of sick' it is too risky. After hard exercise, your immune system response is blunted for 24-48+ hours, making you more susceptible to infections.

Detraining, or the loss of all that hard training you have accomplished, will only begin to take effect after 2-3 weeks of absolute couch potato-like activity. A break of 4-7 days will have little to no effect, except psychologically."

That's really good to know because each morning that I wake up, it seems to be worse. I even had a slight fever last night.

The triathlon is in 4 1/2 weeks.

1 comment:

Karen said...

OMG!! What would you do without GOOGLE!!

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