You probably noticed a bit of a hiatus round here. I had plans an’ all this week just, I never got the chance to put them into action.
This week (in fact, Monday, to be precise) was the anniversary of me breaking my collarbone. I was going to be all Woohoo! it wasn’t the disaster I thought it was at the time or least I was going to say it was a disaster but you can get over it given time.
But over the weekend I started to feel a bit rough. Having missed the Sunday ride, by Monday I was feeling bad. I’d gone to bed with a temperature on Sunday night and this reappeared Monday evening, by which time I was starting to think the S-word. Not Shimano or Specialized but Swine Flu. I also had a raging sore throat.
A trip to the docs on Tuesday morning revealed pharyngitis which I’ve never had before and is surprisingly painful. I’ve had fever, fatigue, lots of pain and I’ve spent most of Wednesday and Thursday either in bed or in a state of catatonia; basically the effects of strong painkillers and waiting for things to get better – not too different to last year after all then! Well, things do seem to be getting better but it’s been pretty slow progress even with antibiotics.
I’m looking round for culprits beyond the obvious sources and can only come up with two bike related issues.
First, I’ve been doing a lot of miles and have always claimed that four or more weeks for me of regular hard riding leads me to an inevitable head cold which fits in nicely. Second, Camelbak hoses and bladders. I’m pretty careful about rinsing mine out but confess I haven’t actually sterilised mine for a long time, if ever. I know I’m better than most, I’ve seen riders with dark black sections of something in those familiar translucent blue hoses but even so, could this have been the source of my infection?
When you think about the kind of crap we ride through, including God knows what kind of horse piss and animal faeces at times it does make you wonder. Next time I’m near Millets I’m getting some sterilising tabs just to be on the safe side!
I’m going to stay out of the game for the next few days, riding wise as I really have been knocked for six. But maybe it’s worth checking out the hygiene of your drinking equipment?