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