Well, despite all my good intentions at the end of last week, the onset of a really nasty cold has left me again without any mileage so far.
I'm still not at 100% (maybe around 70% - as still absolutely full of catarrh) but today I really wanted to ride; because I want to at least try and meet that elusive weekly target. I would have really loved to have gone out and ridden but despite the blue skies, the weather was miserably cold with an extremely bitter wind. Grrr! There was just no way I could go out in that. A lot of my Twitter friends urged me to go outside and ride instead, but seriously its not that simple.
That may sound dramatic but for those that don't know what its like to have asthma it's really hard to explain. I guess most people have probably experienced coughing or a shortness of breath when they have done exercise in cold conditions. This is because in normal conditions our bodies are able to effectively warm the air entering our lungs, but when exerting ourselves we take shorter gasping breaths, which means that in the colder weather, more cold air is entering our lungs; irritating them. For an asthma sufferer these symptoms are really intensified, airways and lungs constrict which result in wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, coughing, chest pains and more significantly an inability to get adequate Oxygen.
On top of this, I am one of the many asthmatics that are susceptible to colds/flu turning into chest infections. So if my lungs became compromised it was likely that the germs I am still harbouring could migrate. I jut didn't want to risk a chest infection!
Probably sounds lame I know, but it was for both of those reasons I chose not to put my body under any extra pressure as I want to get over this cold, without it developing into something more serious. However, I still wanted to at least try and meet my 25 mile weekly target, so out came the trainer!
Yes, I know it is dull and boring and I really felt the monotony today, as I didn't have Mikey at home, to encourage me to carry on when I got bored. I only managed 5 miles before getting very bored, so I nipped onto Twitter looking for some inspiration. Sadly all I got was a tirade of "Ride outside!" This frustrated me... maybe they don't know I'm full of the lurgy, maybe they had forgotten I was asthmatic, maybe they just don't care! It wasn't the motivation I had hoped for, but one thing it did do was make me slightly annoyed enough to get back on my bike and pedal for a further 5 miles.