Riding with a cold will make it worse?
I think it helps. Went out with cold and chest infection the other month and seemed to help. Although the top elite xc racers don’t race when Ill as they say there’s no point as it does affect performance. If it’s just that gotta get out on the bike itch you gotta scratch then do it!Posted 4 years agobwfc4eva868Member
Chest don’t ride, above chest you can ride as tolerated.Things to bear in mind, you may have a fever which will make controlling temperature difficult and also your pulse rate will already be elevated due to your body fighting the infection. If it’s just come on the cold in the past 48 hours don’t ride, however if it’s from last week and just the remains go for it.
I had a nasty cold two weeks ago, resting pulse was 105, blood pressure 155/105, 38.4 temp. I was promptly told to go home from work and rest.
Plenty of paracetamol to ease the fever (if you have one) and lots of water.Posted 4 years ago
Some great as in responses I want to hear so far – thanks!
Pulse is definitely higher, can feel it without checking. Had the cold in a very mild form for over a week – perhaps week and half. Have been riding but keeping to a low to moderate output when I have to (climbs), which has been fine. Thought it was going to pass soon, then yesterday just masses of nasal congestion and complete snot-fest. Not coughing…yet, so think I’ll try for another mild ride later, and hope for a longer effort tomorrow when it’s proper sunny.
Don’t think I’m up to 105 resting pulse, perhaps 70-80 as a guesstimatePosted 4 years ago
Haven’t made it out yet, dropped off in the chair after snot jettison night time activities. Think I’ll watch some crap television and reassess later afternoon – maybe a pootle will help heal the mind more than the body!
Interesting observation, that the early morning people were all for riding with a cold, late morning definitely not so. Does that mean that early risers are more prone to risk taking than later risers? Could be a topic of research for someone…… 😉Posted 4 years agoslackaliceMember
Am wondering the same as the OP.
My current cold started 3 weeks ago with gallons of snot, sinus ache and coughing. The coughing has subsided, however, the snot gravitated to my inner ear tubes a week ago and my hearing is distinctly muffled, aided with ever present tinnitus, Furthermore, my voice has gone to a whisper too.
Given the above/below neck rule of thumb, does the voice constitute as below? No sore throat.
Im desperate to get out, its going to be a gorgeous weekend, but I don’t fancy setting myself back any further by going out for a ride.
Whats the consensus please?Posted 4 years agotightywightyMember
Pretty sure I fainted last time I went out with a cold.
I did the Rule 5 thing and went out and did intervals on a big hill. Started feeling a bit drained, then next thing I know, I’m waking up from what feels like a very deep sleep on the verge.
Bike was carefully placed upright against a tree such as not to damage the paint, so I obviously had some sense about me before I keeled over 😀Posted 4 years agoKryton57Subscriber
My sore throat turned into a hacking cough overnight. I’ve two Z2 turbo sessions this weekend which has turned into a rest day today then a real easy z2 outside tomorrow for a couple of hours. I’m racing next weekend, I need my legs turning but also need to be well.Posted 4 years agobwfc4eva868Member
My downfall is that i smoke and have High Blood Pressure as standard. So any infections i do get seem to floor me. But luckily i very rarely get them. This is the first bad cold i’ve had in 3/4 years, the last one was full blown Flu which floored me for three weeks, couldn’t even muster the energy to get out of bed for week, only got out to go to the toilet.
Had a flu Jab yearly ever since (All NHS staff in our trust do) kidney infection put me in hospital due to a infected cyst.Posted 4 years ago
The deed is done, back from a 13 mile pootle around the woods of Box Hill. Too early to tell what difference it has made, and I could have stayed out for much longer, which I’m taking as a good sign *crosses fingers*. I feel much happier though, a couple of lovely dry descents were had!
Good luck with everyone else’s cold/flu – here’s to summer!Posted 4 years ago
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