I recently had a nasty bout of the flu. Not the 24-hour-stomach-flu but real Influenza.
It floored me. No energy whatsoever for a week, and pretty limited the week after that.
What did I learn?
- Despite 3 weeks between rides, after a couple of trainer sessions I rebounded to where I had been pre-flu! This was surprising and a relief. You kind of feel like your body is decimated, but in reality all that work from years past doesn't just vanish in a few weeks.
- It is possible to gain weight while sick with the flu. I have proved it. Mostly I was overcompensating for that sense of fatigue by eating, which didn't actually help my energy levels and resulted in me adding another few pounds to my already inflated waistline.
- Running while overweight still sucks - I feel sluggish and gross
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