Wednesday, September 2, 2009


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?


JZ said...

I don't know about racing on antibiotics, but I bet Bart has tried it. I certainly don't think it will help. Maybe mixed with a little EPO?

Sounds like the real problem is one that we have had at one time or another, trying to train or race through sickness. Been there, done that many times. Sometimes works, sometimes doesn't.

Good luck!

Ski Bike Junkie said...

Antibiotics adversely impact performance but typically less so than the illness they are treating. Bottom line=taking antibiotics and getting well is better than not taking them.

I'm hoping my cold clears up before Lotoja. And that it doesn't turn into a sinus infection. And that I don't need antibiotics.

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RainCountry said...

I agree with ski bike junkie. I raced while on antibiotics and did a little worse than usual, but I actually think the sinus infection had more of an impact on me since it made me so darn tired and sleepy.

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Anonymous said...

I don't know the origin of this fobia, But how they maintain their Health Care with this situation.