Ugh. So I haven’t had a meaningful ride in almost a week. Taking stock of the last few days it makes sense, but it doesn’t mean I have to like it.
On Monday, I led a conference call at the J-O-B for about 90 minutes. By the time it was over, my voice was a little rough. I figured it was from the usual vocal stress of talking for over an hour. I drank some water and forgot about it.
When I woke up on Tuesday morning, I felt like a golf ball had been forced into my larynx. My voice sounded like I was channeling some weird mashup of Barry White and Tone Loc. While it was fun to play with this new sound, it hurt.
It simmered for a couple days, but by Thursday it had become a problem. I actually completed 25 minutes on the trainer doing some easy tempo, but even at that pace I could feel every breath irritate my throat. I was sure it was Strep, so I went to the doc. Turns out, no Strep. It’s some upper respiratory virus – wait it out for a week and take some vitamin I.
Side note: They had to weigh me for some reason. I tipped in at 186. That was hard to take. The heart rate of 56 mitigated it somewhat.
Today I felt like I was turning the corner, but now I think I have a full-blown cold. To quote Samir, “This is a suck!”
Mrs. Stallion had gotten me some new training vids, and I’m dying to try them out, but now I have to wait. They say you can still train and ride as long as your illness doesn’t go below your neck. I don’t think I’m that desperate yet, and I don’t want to redirect my body’s energy to non virus-killing activities.
Does this count as rock bottom for my fitness and weight? I dunno, but I need to turn things around post haste. Not liking the trend.