Monday, January 27, 2020

On the mend

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Well, I can report that having promised to lay off exercise for 24 hours from Tuesday, I made good on my commitment.  And then some.  I finally did my first light session this morning, just an hour on the turbo, but sufficient to prove that a) I am on the mend and b) this cold really did knock me for six (apologies to American readers for this very English expression!).

I did finally cave in to pressure and get myself a doctor's appointment yesterday - and as suspected the doctor did indeed think the illness is viral and therefore there's not much that can be done about it.  However, being a sympathetic soul and seeing that I am racing next weekend, he agreed to prescribe a short-sharp course of antibiotics to at least get any infection off my chest area (again, apologies to those that think my visit was a prime example of wasting precious NHS resources - but given my last visit to a GP was in 2009, I wouldn't describe myself as a hypochondriac).

So while the turbo session was tougher than it normally would be - an hour's steady slog saw my HR at around 140-141 for an effort that would normally see an HR in the high 120s - the fact that I feel OK now and am even considering a light lunchtime run has to be a good thing.

So now the plan is to ease back into training without prolonging the illness and hopefully returning to some kind of fitness before next weekend.

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Matt Fisher runs - so it's all his fault! He pretends to be a triathlete, but really he is a husband, father and company VP. But he has raced for the GB Age Group squad a few times and is a two-times qualifier for the IM70.3 world champs