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    I have beed bike commuting now for four months straight and loving it. I have not been able to ride do to the swine flu and now I am ready to get back on the bike. Woke up this morning ready for the work week and getting back on my bike and it is raining pretty hard. GRrrrrrr Though I did just get my rain pants in the mail yesterday may ride anyway will see what the next hour brings

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    I spend about a week hacking and coughing with the swine flu, but I got the worst of it on a weekend and didn't miss any riding days... I felt like the bike ride was helpful because I was blowing snot rockets and hacking up goo all the way to work. The cough was annoying, but I think the bike ride helped me get over the congestion (still took a good week). I didn't get the super-weak, multi-day-fever that some people are getting though. That would have kept me off the bike and on the couch, I'm sure.

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    I have had a cough for the last two weeks and a low grade fever for half that long. I have rear fenders. I do think the bike ride will help clear out my chest

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    The past two weeks has been the worst for me, as far as the cough/hack, since I quit smoking almost eight years ago. Didn't miss a ride, though; I found out that riding like I do is a good way to force the sh** outta my system faster. Plus, I don't suffer from it as much.
    A bike is the only drug with no bad side effects....

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    Wow guys.... sorry to hear about the pork flu. Glad nobody dropped dead or missed too much time on the bike. A bike ride usually makes me feel better, or at least takes my mind of off whatever is ailing me.
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    This is an interesting thread and actually something I was thinking of starting a thread on.

    When you get sick, say a cold/flu, do you stop riding, and if so, how do you know when to start riding again?

    I had a cold last week and had about 5 days off riding, but the last two days I was uming and ering about commuting again. I don't think the two extra rest days actually did me any good and I was probably better off riding after all...

    So how do judge whether you should ride or rest?

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    ^^ for me, if I'm even having the debate, I'm going to ride. I'm pretty convinced that exercise is a great way to battle infection. If I'm healthy enough to go to work, I'm healthy enough to ride there. I have taken 3 sick days in the last 10 years.
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    It was raining pretty hard and I wimped out but I got on the bike yesterday and realized how much I missed ridding

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    I typically try to ride and workout through a cold. I push the limits on a flu. the net effect seems to be that I feel better while I am working out, but then I have a hard time completely getting rid of all the symptoms. Sometimes they linger for months. 3 weeks ago I got a cold. continued to work out and although it subsided, I was still coughing a bit, then a week later boom, I got sick again. So, I haven't done squat in 2 weeks. I am sick of it.

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    I keep riding through my sicknesses. Usually the bad symptoms last a day. Mainly because if I don't keep riding, I won't go anywhere.

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    I guess it also depends on the symptoms. A cold is probably the most common sickness and can cause various problems. Lsat week I had muscle weakness. For two days I really don't think I could have ridden my bike even if I wanted to. Just walking up two flights of stairs at school just about did me in!

    My cold traveled downwards too - started with a sore throat for a couple of days, then I very nearly lost my voice completely for two days as it moved down and then finally started to get into the lungs a bit.

    Maybe I'm a wimp but I just don't think riding at that time was gonna do me any good. But then again, I don't think I've actually tried! But this was the debate I was having with myself so maybe next time (and hopefully not for a LONG time!) I'll give it go.

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    Basically if you can ride without pain you should....

    I had walking pneumonia a couple of years ago, all the docs said keep riding.

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    Woah, that's really interesting - I had walking pneumonia myself early this year and it was pretty full-on. I'd never ever have considered riding my bike at that time but now I'm starting to doubt the "rest day" wisdom after the above comments.

    Still, I know when I get a cold/flu I often just have no energy at all. I still doubt I could even make it to work on my bike, even if I wanted it and it was indeed the right thing to be doing.

    I, for one, would love to hear more peoples opinion/experience on this topic.

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