So I’ve not posted anything for a couple of weeks, because I came down with a nasty flu bug. Not man flu this time. Proper bed-ridden for nearly a week flu. Nothing very exciting or life-threatening, so why am I even mentioning it? Well, two weeks ago I took the bike into work on the Thursday. In the morning I felt fine, the weather was beautiful and sunny, and the forecast was perfect. Got to work in good time, with no drama. Unfortunately half way through the day I started feeling rough. Aching legs, tired, generally feeling run down. The usual pre-flu symptoms that tell you its time to cancel plans and get a good DVD box set ready because you’re going to be laid up for a few days while various bugs and germs pass through you.
Normally feeling like this at work isn’t a massive problem. See out as much of the day as possible, jump in the car and make a bee-line for home and bed. This time however, I was on my bike… I’m sure for the experienced rider, that wouldn’t be a massive problem, but I’m still relatively inexperienced, and had a 40 minute journey ahead of me. Not only that, but during my CBT I was told specifically that riding a bike while ill (among other things) was not exactly recommended. Either way, five o’clock rolled around so I got on the bike and headed home.
The ride home was again drama-free, however I did notice that my reaction-times didn’t seem as sharp, and my legs certainly didn’t like the riding position. I do remember taking it fairly slowly and safely, and thankfully even though its a good 40 minute journey, the roads that I choose to use are relatively quiet, even during rush hour.
So what can we learn from this?
- Don’t ride when you’re ill’.
- If you’re feeling ill and you’re out, and the bike is the only way home, learn to identify the symptoms early enough so you can get home in plenty of time.
- Make sure to pace yourself and ride slower than usual to give yourself more space and time to react.
- Take breaks if you need to, especially if you have aches and pains, as these will distract you
- Be sure to carry water with you so you can refresh yourself
- Don’t dose yourself up on medication that will make you sleepy or reduce your reaction time any further
- Only travel if its absolutely necessary. Ideally, plan to leave the bike somewhere safe and get home using other methods. You can collect the bike later.
- Sneezing with a closed visor will blind you, and its gross!