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Training through a sickness, not a smart move

Celebrating the finish at Mont Tremblant, I think I was really happy to finally reach the poutine and beer at the finish.

Celebrating the finish at Mont Tremblant, I think I was really happy to finally reach the poutine and beer at the finish.

Last weekend I did the 70.3 Mont Tremblant Ironman. I was a tiring weekend with a lot of driving, but race was great. It was well organized, had good crowd support and the rain stayed away on race day. I great tune up for the Full Ironman I’m planning to do there in August. This Canada Long weekend I was laid up on my back, I had a terrible chest cold. It is really frustrating getting sick when you are preparing for a big race, but there is no sense getting stressed or trying to train through it. It will only delay your recovery and could make things worse if you do and may actually cause you serious harm. Research has shown that strenuous training while sick can increase the chances that the virus can spread to your heart which could lead to serious consequences, up to and including cardiac arrest. That would really put a damper on your training plans. If you just relax and get lots of rest, maybe even see a doctor, it will likely only be a week or less and you’ll back on your training schedule. It might even do you some good to take a week off. So don’t sweat it, relax and you’ll be back at it and training hard before you know it.

Mike M

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