Friday, March 20, 2009
I feel funny ...
Please excuse this interruption to regularly scheduled programming. But I just wanted to say thanks to NeoCitran for making me feel so nice. I warmed up that 8 oz of water, and carefully poured the powder-pack contents into my big red mug, careful not to let any of those precious crystals escape. I waltzed around my kitchen sipping NeoCitran goodness while waiting for my next hot drink - chai - to brew.
It's been scarcely half an hour since and my sore throat feels coated in honey. My headache has been replaced with a soft fuzzy feeling and it feels like I'm floating away.
A little while longer and the aches in my arms and legs are gone. Suddenly I feel like I could bust off 100km without breaking a sweat. I haven't coughed in like, 20 minutes.
So thank you NeoCitran for making my day.
The truth is, I needed the pick-me-up. I really thought I was going to make it through the entire winter without being sick. I faithfully took all my vitamins every day. I washed my hands. I got enough sleep. But, it just wasn't meant to be I guess.
Falling ill is every athlete's thorn in the side. It derails all the calm, collected focus you've been practicing all winter and fills your head with doubt. Should I train through? Am I really that sick? What if it takes me out for a week? How much fitness is this going to cost? How do I get back to pre-illness fitness in the least time possible?
This close to the season, I'm especially anxious. No wonder I have ... er, had (thanks again NeoCitran!) ... a headache.
My strategy? Lie down and take it. Get it over with, and then get on with it.
Stay calm, carry on.