Breathing space – training when ill
February 7, 2016
I’ve not been well for the last couple of weeks. I’ve had a sore throat and a chest infection, which has made ordinary life a bit of a struggle, let alone training. Blogging has had to take a backseat to just getting on with life!
Sometimes being stubborn can have its advantages (such as my refusal to quit when I’ve set a goal), but putting off seeing a doctor probably hasn’t worked in my favour. I don’t like to make a fuss. I put down my lack of interest in training to being lazy rather than being ill. For over a week, when I got home from work (and for some of the time when I was there) all I wanted to do was go to sleep. It felt like I had a concrete block on my chest and I kept waking up in the night to use my inhaler.
I finally saw a doctor on Friday and found out that the reason for my illness and fatigue. The infection means that my lungs are currently functioning at 65%. I’ve been given a course of antibiotics and steroids to take for the next week: 9 pills a day! I hope I’m back on par again soon as I’ve not enjoyed training when ill.
What’s happening next
Anyway, there’s a lot to look forward to in the next few weeks:
- The ballot results for Prudential RideLondon will be sent out on 8th February – fingers crossed! It’s a 100-mile ride on closed roads from London out into Surrey (and its famous Box Hill) before heading back into London where it finishes on The Mall. It would be a great event to make me get out on my bike and train!
- I’ve also registered for the Global Swimming Summit. It’s a FREE online event with loads of inspirational speakers who have competed in the Olympics and/or hold world records. There will also be plenty of high-level coaches, nutritionists and so on. It takes place from February 8th – February 16th.
I last swam with STC on Monday 25th January. Before going to the pool, I had decided that I would give swimming in Lane 2 a go. Since I joined Southampton Tri Club, I’ve made progress. As slower people have joined lane 1, I keep getting stuck behind them. Also, the average distance covered in a session has dropped significantly, so I’m ending up swimming shorter distances at a slower speed than previously. I don’t think I’m the fastest one in my lane, but if I start swimming in the next lane then I will have to push myself to keep up.
Anyway, back to 25th… I told the coach my plan and acknowledged that it would depend on how many people were swimming. Well, lane 2 was pretty busy with 4/5 swimmers and there were just two of us in Lane 1 who are similar ability, so I stayed in Lane 1.
I decided that I would try lane 2 at my next swimming session. However, on Monday 1st February, I felt so exhausted that I didn’t think there was any point in trying to swim. I’ll see how I’m feeling tomorrow before making a decision about which lane to swim in. It might be more sensible for me to check that I’m recovering before pushing myself!