Low level training with a cough??

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Hurricane151
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Low level training with a cough??

Postby Hurricane151 » Sat Dec 08, 2012 17:17 pm

I am aware of the below the neck rule so whenI developed a bit of a chesty cough I stopped training. It's been nearly 2 weeks now and there's not much improvement. The cough is infrequent (maybe 6/7 tines a day) but it is definitely in my chest. No other ailments and I'm not bringing anything up either.

I'm pretty sure it's a virus (seen a doctor) but not riding is doing my head in. What are purples peoples opinions on just training but nothing more strenuous than zone 2/3?

I don't want to do any long term damage but I also don't want to completely stop if it's not necessary.

Does anyone have any experience of training in this condition? And if so what's the advice?

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Re: Low level training with a cough??

Postby ChrisAOnABike » Sat Dec 08, 2012 17:50 pm

I'd be very cautious. A friend who was a keen cyclist years ago was warning me recently against going out in cold air with anything in the way of an inflamed chest. Her experience was that a chest cold turned into pneumonia, and she ended up off the bike for 6 months.

Now, that's extreme, and I'm sure not all similar situations would have the same outcome.

I've just got over a sod of a cold - almost two weeks worth. I went out 4 days ago, for a very short ride - turned back after a mile and a bit since I could feel the cold air hurting my airways, which it never normally does.

Then yesterday I went out - much better, so I did more, and today I was absolutely fine (if slow!) at 26 miles.

Why not try a gentle mile, see if you end up any worse? Then maybe a few miles. If you're still ok, then increase. My mum's been saying to me "Don't overdo it" for the last 35 years - maybe she's right :shock: :shock:
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Hurricane151
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Re: Low level training with a cough??

Postby Hurricane151 » Sat Dec 08, 2012 17:58 pm

That sounds like a plan and to be honest I was thinking rollers in the garage to avoid the air thing. Maybe an hour at zone 2, but obviously don't want to put myself backa couple of weeks.

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Re: Low level training with a cough??

Postby Herbsman » Sat Dec 08, 2012 20:35 pm

Give it one more week.

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Re: Low level training with a cough??

Postby ut_och_cykla » Sun Dec 09, 2012 10:17 am

If you've been working & living normally teh last two weeks and have been fever free for atleast a week rollers at a level that feels too easy might be best. If you feel worse, run out of puff etc you can just pack in. Even if you go out for a gentle hour in the wind it might be more than you're ready for and finding out 10 miles from home in an icy wind might be a bad idea.

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Re: Low level training with a cough??

Postby symo » Mon Dec 10, 2012 14:24 pm

Had mine for about two weeks now, occasional lung butter but nothing too bad. Seems to have got better this week though.
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Re: Low level training with a cough??

Postby keef66 » Wed Dec 12, 2012 12:47 pm

Given the weather at the moment I'd be cautious. I made the mistake of getting back on the bike too soon after what seemed like a mild respiratory virus. Cough had subsided and I did a couple of night rides back when the temps were about 3-4c. Really set me back and took another 3 weeks before I dared to venture out again.


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