Why do cyclists have an aversion to taking antibiotics?
1 month ago, I got a nasty cold. I thought, no big deal, it will be gone before the Point to Point. I also thought that I would "train through" the cold. And so I went on a long long ride. I also started a course of antibiotics -- Zithromax. The weekend after that, I still wasn't over the cold, and so I thought I would train through it. And, again, I went on a long ride, and did the TOU amateur crit. Then, my cold turned into a sinus infection. I went to the RMR and took a couple hard pulls and pulled out because I simply didn't have any gas. Last weekend, I skipped the Sanpete Classic (a tradition since I'm from Sanpete). I went out on a mtb ride and after about 5 pedal strokes thought, man, I'm winded, and I feel like crap. But then I thought I would "train through" it and proceeded to ride another 5 hours. For the last four weeks, I have been thinking that if I continue to train, I will be better before the P2P and will still have retained my fitness. I'm regretting my choices to "train through" the sickness and wish I would have rested, which I am now forced to do anyway. My manic training habits have totally backfired.
On Monday, I thought my head was going to explode, and it occurred to me that I wasn't going to get better before the P2P. So I broke down. I started a second course of antibiotics -- stronger ones -- Levaquin. It's supposed to kill my sinus infection. But I also worry that it's going to kill other things. Is it harmful to race while on antibiotics?