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    Amy B

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    Embracing Rest

    Post by Amy B on Fri Nov 20, 2009 1:12 am

    5.5 weeks ago I got a swollen lymph node under my ear on my neck.. Thinking nothing too much of it as I didn’t appear to have any symptoms of anything, I pushed on and did the Womens 3 day tour, followed up a few days later with another massive training day + crit race, then the next morning I tried to swim and was going backwards. Got out, went home, and took the next couple of days off training. That Sunday I thought I was ok, so went and did another crit, and after the race my HR wouldn’t drop below 130.. Lump was still there, and I started to realise something not great was up so went to the Doc’s – ‘Probably an infection, here’s some penicillin, come back in a week if it’s still there’.. Took that whole week off training, and stopped drinking my 2 cans of coke per day, and realised I was REALLY tired. Slept at least 10-12 hours per night all week..

    Long story short, after going back to the doc’s for a couple of blood tests, turns out I have a mild case of Glandular Fever.. But after the initial 7 days of heaps of sleep, resting HR was back to normal and I felt fine again! Lump appears to be gone too..

    Now normally you hear of people having glandular and being knocked on their butt for several months, can’t work/train/all they do is sleep.. Is there anyone out there that’s had just a mild case of it?

    My strategy has been if I wake up and I think I’m tired, check resting HR, or just go back to sleep. I don’t feel guilty for taking a whole day off of training, or sleeping in and missing some of swimming (Helps that my swim coach is being awesome and not minding me rocking up ½ an hour late).. I’m still doing some bike racing. Team bike rider @ Shep on the weekend, which did leave me tired on Monday, so I just left work early and went home for a nap..

    So my advice, and the lesson I have had to learn for myself – Embrace the Rest day! I know it’s the advice everyone gives, but don’t go and learn the hard way…
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    Campbell M
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    Re: Embracing Rest

    Post by Campbell M on Fri Nov 20, 2009 2:02 am

    "You can't over train...only under recover." (don't know who originally said that!)

    Hope you're getting back on track.
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    Mick B

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    Re: Embracing Rest

    Post by Mick B on Mon Jul 19, 2010 2:06 pm

    Is Amy B still about???
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    Alex R
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    Re: Embracing Rest

    Post by Alex R on Mon Jul 19, 2010 7:44 pm

    Cycling full time these days I believe. Certainly a sport for burnt out triathletes for a year or two to get the spark back. Becomes a bit same same in the end though.
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    Glenn C

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    Re: Embracing Rest

    Post by Glenn C on Thu Jul 22, 2010 3:05 pm

    Just biking this year myself. But as I can't hold my attention at much for long its mountain biking with just a tinee bit of road stuff.

    Didn't want to do running because I didn't want to lose too much weight. Laughing

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