Thursday, April 14, 2011

A Little TLC Goes a Long Way

In the past 5 years that I've competed, I can't remember one time when I got sick during prep. It was usually after the show that my body said "enough is enough" and succumbed to germs. This year, however, I somehow managed to get some sort of nasty bug that's had me feeling sick for most of this week. My throat feels like a litter of kittens slid down it with their claws out, I ran a fever of 101.7, I have uncontrollable coughing fits, and my voice sounds like I've been screaming at a 3-day rock concert. So how is this affecting my prep?

Luckily, since I'm ahead of schedule, I've been able to let my body get some of the rest it needs. I took a compete "off day" on Tuesday - no cardio or training - for the first time in a year. I have to admit, it felt really weird NOT to do morning cardio! And it felt really weird to be able to curl up on the couch on Tuesday evening after work and watch Secretariat. I kept thinking I needed to jump on the treadmill and get my evening cardio in!

My body thanked me for the day off, though, because when I woke up on Wednesday morning, the fever was gone and I had a bit of energy. I've been drinking a lot of green tea, sucking on sugar-free cough drops, and going to bed early.

It's always important to take care of your body, but it's even more important to take care of it during prep, when you're putting your body through more stress with intense training and a strict diet. I still don't feel well, and I'm heading back to the doctor's office this afternoon, but I'm hoping that the extra TLC I'm giving my body has made this bug a little less intense than it could've been.

Thanks for all the well-wishes I've gotten this week. Hopefully I'll be back to feeling 100% soon!

1 comment:

  1. oh! girl! im taking today off cause im sick!
    15 days out from a show! gah!!!!!
    feels weird not doing cardio or lifting today,but today is TLC,tomorrow is game on again! (hopefully)
    anyways,i do hope you get to feeling better soon!!!