I am new to the Triathalon arena. I am at least a year out from my first tri. This summer I wanted to do a 5k or a Biatholon, although my son does and is talking me into a Sprint Tri. I have been a lifter and a Mountain Biker for many years, I took time off, but now I am hitting it again. But I keep getting sick? On Febuary 22 I woke up sick as a dog, Went to the Dr he gave me an antibiotic, which didnt touch it, so I went on another, which I was alergic too, 3rd time was a charm. 3 weeks Sick was a new record. I usually get sick, and better a few days later. Well I got over it, and started training again, So I was Up to a 10 min warm up, a good 40 min at 5.5 mph then a 10 min cool down. 1 hour on the Bike. I felt great! weight started to shed, but I woke up, and I was sick again, less then a month later, same thing, sinus infection and then moved into my lungs.
I figured I would have setbacks, I do have asthma, ( no symptoms) but I didnt feel I was pushing to hard, I mixed Biking in there also.... SO what am I doing wrong? is this the weather changing from warm to cold, causing this? or is my imune system so weak from training? I have incorporated 1000 mg a vitamin C, plus Orange Juice, I do not eat fast food, the last time I went to McD's was 20 years ago.
Any pointers would be great,
I believe it was simply bad luck. I've heard many people who had a similarly tenacious, virility illness this past winter. Not your fault. If you are eating healthily as you say, that will help. The other key to keeping your immune system healthy is sleep! Don't skimp on that because hormones, etc. (i forget the specifics) are rebuilt/recharged/released while you sleep. Again, sorry for the lack of proper terminology but I am certain of the general concept being accurate.
Hang in there, you'll be okay!
I agree with Skip. Chances are you just hit a streak of bad luck. My thought is the virus was not totally gone from the first time and it hit you again. Remember coming from a cold/virus generally your body is at its weakest in fighting them and yes exercise can weaken your system when you are coming out of a cold or a virus.
That is the problem we all face, we don't give the body the proper amount of time to heal. Being triathletes we get a false sense of security that we are immune and walk around with a big S on your chests.
Once you start to feel better take an extra day or two or even three. In the long run it won't matter.
Becoming a triathlete is fun, but often has its bumps in the road. The true measure of a triathlete is how one overcomes these bumps. Do you give up and fold or do you learn from them and push on. It happens in almost every race, almost every day we train and it certainly happens in every day life.
Welcome to the family and continue to use this site for support...
I can relate to this... (tempering my obsession) I am pursuing my goals slowly, although it is hard not to become consumed by this quest. My biggest issue will be changing my body type, or make up. I did it once before, I was 30. Now I am 45 so I am noticing it isnt as easy. My normal weight is 232 But back then I lowered it to 176, and could acheive a 6 min mile, Now I struggle but not overly worried about my 11 min mile.
I do alot of cross training, and changed my workout from heavy weights and slow reps to lighter weights faster movments and more reps. I also bounce between the bike mounted on my cycleops trainer and my treadmill, while watching TV.
I hope this is just a bump in the road on my journey, an Iron man would be somthing, but a 5k this summer would be a happy goal for me.
Supplement your diet with Vitamin D. I take 4000 D3 in the winter, 2000 in the summer. Those levels just get me in the normal range. Would suggest a Dr ordering the labs to check your levels. Since I started that 4 years ago, huge decrease in the amount of time spent dealing with colds, etc. This year has been especially bad for lingering viruses for everyone. Any change in your sleep schedule? Especially if you are trying to lose weight, you may need more sleep as weight loss can effect your immune system. Hope that helps, always stinks when you are doing the right things and you get nailed with the bad, hang in there!
Thanks Chris. I have a buddy at the gym, who also mentioned Vitamin D. He had his checked and although he was in the lower part of normal range the Dr said he was fine. but he then started suplementing and he was feeling better in about a week, and on his next draw it was reading on the high end. I disregarded this until now. I may look into this with my Dr. Thanks!
My sleeping pattern is semi normal. My work shift changes, and I am outside most, if not all of the night. Rain Cold Snow Wind ect. I try to get at least 7 to 8 hours depending.