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Rode yesterday, didn’t feel too good; Feeling worse this morning.

Friday, January 11, 2013 by  
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January
11
2013

Flu virus.

Flu virus.


I’ve been feeling progressively worse over the past few days, and this morning I woke up feeling pretty darn terrible.

On Monday I felt just fine, and had a fantastic 24 mile ride at Wekiwa State Park. I even set a couple of new personal records.

On Tuesday I had the first indication that I was not 100%, but figured I was just recovering from Monday’s ride.

On Wednesday I was still not feeling great, but I did a difficult workout on the trainer. It was not a good workout. In yesterday’s blog I speculated that my poor workout performance was due to the two weeks I took off from hard training, but now I think that may not have been as much a factor as I believed it to be. More on that below…

Yesterday I met up with Rob and Richard at the Mt. Dora MTB Trails for a fun lunchtime ride. I only rode about 6.5 miles, but I felt terrible: my heart rate was abnormally high, I couldn’t breathe properly, my legs felt weak, I felt sort of “floaty” and was really off my game. By last night my whole body was aching, and my stomach felt tight.

This morning my throat is sore, I feel really weak and my sinuses are a mess.

Looks like I’ve got the flu. 🙁

I now think my poor workout on Wednesday had more to do with the virus my body was trying to fight off and less to do with the time I took off. I’m not saying that the two weeks I took off from training was not a factor, just that it was much less a factor that I first thought. My solid performance on the trails Monday backs that theory up.

So tomorrow morning is the 62-mile Tour De Felasco mountain bike event, and I’ve been looking forward to this trip all week long. Unfortunately, short of a miracle, I don’t see how there’s any way I am going to be able to do it. Right now the only thing I feel like riding is the couch.

As an aside, I did not get a flu shot this year. In fact, I have not had a flu shot since the early 90s. Back in the 90s the company I worked for paid for (and practically required) flu shots, and every time I got one I became ill. Coincidence? Perhaps. There seems to be a lot of controversy about flu shots: many maintain that it’s physically impossible for a flu shot to cause someone to get the flu, and others say that a non-trivial percentage of people have adverse reactions to the shots. Because I almost never get sick (and my past experience with flu shots), I’ve not bothered with them in almost 2 decades. Thoughts?

Well, I’ve got to get some work done, but once I finish up I’m going to get back in bed and rest. Hoping for a miraculous turn-around by tomorrow morning….

John Stone Fitness Comments

7 Responses to “Rode yesterday, didn’t feel too good; Feeling worse this morning.”
  1. FWIW, my mother has had only one flu shot in her life. The next morning, she exhibited all the symptoms of the flu, and was quite ill for several days. It may not have been the full blown flu, which would typically last for weeks, but there’s no doubt that she had all the same symptoms. Her physician mentioned that some people do have adverse reactions to flu shots. It’s worth noting that my father, who had a flu shot the same day at the same hospital, suffered no ill effects from it.

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  2. Bummer John, I hope you feel better soon. I have been pondering the flu shot, I’ve never had one before and rarely get sick. The media is saying how bad the flu is this year, I’d hate to get taken down by it. I would also hate to have some reaction to the vaccine as well. Damned if you do, damned if you dont. I heard on the news that the vaccine is only 60% effective, so its almost a 50/50 chance you are going to get it anyway? I think you have better odds without it. I take airborne everyday anyway as a supplement. Get some rest, the trails will be there when you feel better.

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  3. John, you should at least get some anti-viral medication such as Tamiflu. While the flu shot will not totally prevent the flu, it will reduce the severness and length of the flu symptoms. Get well soon.

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  4. I got the flu shot for the first time ever this year because of my son. I put it off, however, and spent my Thanksgiving break sick on the couch and quarantined from my then 2 month old son so I wouldn’t give it to him. I got the shot right after I felt better, but honestly I wouldn’t have gotten it if not for him.

    Having said that, this map scares the crap out of me:

    http://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/usmap.htm

    Hope you feel better soon!

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  5. I’ve also gotten sick the past few days John, so I feel your pain. I’m not sure how it is down in Florida, but this year Influenza in particular ravaged the northeast coast with Boston getting 10x as many cases as all of last year.

    I do think it’s interesting though that you happened to get sick right after your vacation. I’ve always heard that eating junk food actually lowers your immune system for a short period of time after said junk food is consumed. I wonder if there is some truth to that.

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  6. I’ve gotten the flu shot in the last 9 out of 10 years. And I’ve gotten the flu only once during those years — the one time I didn’t take the shot!

    I don’t know if it’s a coincidence, but it seems like it works for me.

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  7. Thanks guys. Unfortunately I’m still not feeling well, and was not able to ride this morning. Like Craig said, the trails will be there when I’m better, but missing today’s ride is a huge letdown. 🙁

    I may get a flu shot next year just to see how it does for me.

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