This week I got a cold. I haven’t had a cold in so long! It’s been around 2 years or so since I’ve had a regular ol’ cold. Usually I fight it off easily with my regiment of Vitamin C and echinacaea. This time, though, it was too much.
Sometimes an athlete can get a cold from being run down because of over-training. I have a training buddy who does this *coughNavarracough* and I shake my head at her and tell her to slow down. Lucky for me, I do not have this problem. For the last few years I have been an under-trainer. I used to over-train and got sick from that I’m sure. This cold, though, was worth getting in exchange for hanging out with this person:
This past weekend I went to my niece’s birthday party. She was adorable and I couldn’t help but kiss her face. It just so happened that she had a cold. Catching a cold was a small price to pay for spending time with her.
When it comes to being sick I’m kind of a baby. I didn’t used to be this way and maybe it’s because when I used to push through and just keep going business-as-usual I would get sicker and sicker. Seriously, I can get a super nasty chest cough and will sound like Janice Joplin for weeks, which is actually sounds pretty cool. So I’m a baby about being sick. I also don’t like to get others sick and would rather stay away from others than get them sick.
As I mentioned in an earlier post this week, I joined up with a group to be super healthy and fit for 7 days. Well, I guess my goals have to change because I am not working out until I am significantly better. I figure if I’m going to miss work for this cold, I’m not going to work out either. Many triathletes try to push the limits on this. There are a lot of articles on this subject and I have to admit that I used to do this myself. Now that I’m older and wiser (and a lot softer), I will not do this.
The guideline that I follow is this: anytime a sickness is above the neck it’s ok to train, but any sickness below the neck is an absolute NO. For me, because I know that my colds almost always move into my chest, I give it a couple of days to see what path it follows. I can feel it moving into my chest so I will rest, hydrate, and try to eat food that is healthier than toast.