Wednesday, January 26, 2011
This is a picture of me .... really that is me!
Well, if you follow me on Twitter you probably know that I have been under the weather for the last few days. Officially I have now been sick for 7 days and it is awful. I have bronchitis and an upper sinus respiratory infection. I started to feel crappy last week after doing 6 miles with the LTF run. I woke up on Thursday and my throat was pretty much swollen shut.
At this point a normal person would schedule an appointment to see their Doctor. Well, one thing that has been chronicled time and time again on these here pages of the interwebz is that I am not normal, in fact it could be debated that in this particular instance (and probably many others) I am an idiot.
See I decided to use some antibiotics that I had left over from when I had my wisdom teeth extracted. According to the label on the antibiotics they had passed the expiration date by 8 months. I decided that doesn't really mean anything and just took 2x the recommended amount of pills (see where the idiot part is coming in?). This did nothing at all.
To make things even better I had a Sales Meeting with my company in Miami on Monday and Tuesday. This meant I had to fly and work back-to-back crazy long days - this should do wonders for my already depleted immune system right? Well, it did not do wonders, it made me worse.
I got home late last night and felt like ass. Took some Nyquil and passed out. I hit an emergency clinic later in the afternoon today and the Doctor prescribed the antibiotics (Z-Pack) and gave me an extremely painful shot in butt cheek - it is still sore.
One funny thing today: He took my BP and HR and was concerned with how low my HR was. He asked if this was normal (52bpm) and I told him that I must be nervous because it was high. It then led to the discussion about training, triathlon and Ironman. He told me to take today off, take the antibiotics and if I was feeling better I could start training again tomorrow. He said it wouldn't do me any harm based on my current fitness level. So, I will be back at it tomorrow.
I am going to admit that I am freaking out about missing 7 days of training. This is the last week of the Base Phase of my Training program and I am afraid that the last 7 weeks are all now wasted because of this illness. I've discussed my concerns with a few of my Tri buddies and they all think I will be fine because of the decent base I accumulated at the end of 2010 but I think they were all just being nice. In my mind this means I am just going to have to work harder!
In other news my lovely wife Annie has the same damn thing and she has the Houston Marathon on Sunday. Luckily she is much smarter than me because at the first signs of being sick she immediately went and saw a Doctor. And luckily she is already feeling the positive effects of the antibiotics and should be fine come race day.
Thanks for Reading,
*** Edit - EVERYONE - We have a friend who is running her very first Marathon on Sunday and is in not good place because of tendinitis in her knee. Could you lovely, positive souls please drop by her blog and leave an encouraging comment? She could use a pick-me-up right now! Thanks, you guys rock: http://moonmadness13.blogspot.com/