Every year for the past few years I’ve gone through a series of colds, followed by a period of feeling knackered/bit depressed for months. Obviously this has not done wonders for cycling performance.
I asked the doctor for a blood test and it’s come back +ve for Epstein Barr Virus, which causes/is glandular fever.
I’m just about back to normal now, but had a big day on Tuesday that has left me feeling a bit run down and would like to do a 2 hour race next weekend.
Doctor says, in general, listen to body and rest.
NHS direct says my head could explode.
I had a very bad bout of Flu about 5 years ago and have suffered from extended periods of fatigue most years since then, so I’m guessing that may have been GF.
Going forward, I’d like to know what to expect in terms of:
1. Are my family likely to be infected (it’s known as the kissing virus).
2. Will I keep getting these periods of fatigue – my understanding is, like malaria, it can keep coming back.
3. Am I ever going to be able to train hard and get back to race fitness?
Cheers in advance for any advice.