Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Getting sick after a race

Last week, prior to my race, I was worried about catching my son's cold.  On race day morning, I thought I had caught it, but fortunately, it was mild.  I no longer think that.  What I think now is that my body was holding it off.

Because now I've got it.  No doubt.

Today is my first rest day since the race.  (Yes, maybe I should have taken one already, but on Mondays and Tuesdays I've got my coached swim and spin classes that I wanted to attend.)  Today, I've been hit hard by a cold.  Full force.

Interestingly enough, the week after my Olympic Triathlon (my last major race), I also got sick.

The body is a pretty amazing thing actually.  Now, I realize I won't always be so lucky, but I do think it's pretty cool that my body was able to stay healthy when it mattered, but when I relaxed: BAM!

Now, don't worry about me.  I feel kind of lousy, but I'll take an easy training week.  I'll get some extra sleep and I'll eat some soup.

Since I don't have a race next weekend, the need to do those things won't even stress me out.


  1. I think that happens a lot. My husband always gets sick at the start of vacation - must be something about letting yourself relax that makes the illness latch on. Hope you're feeling better soon!

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  3. Sorry, I accidentally double posted my last comment so I deleted one of them...

  4. I hope you feel better soon. After my first marathon I got sick and it sucked because it was during the holidays :(

  5. Loads of teachers get sick at the beginning of holidays (and apparently lots of them die soon after retirement too). Something about relaxing and letting go of stress. Hope you feel better soon!

  6. Happens to me too- right before a vacation! I hate it but what can you do.

    Hope your cold doesn't last too long.