To Train or To Rest?

02Apr09

One of the hardest questions an athlete has to make is when to train and when to rest. This is especially relevant when you are sick. Do you keep racing and training when you are sick or do you let yourself rest and get better quickly. I have been sick for the past week and a half and have so far raced and trained through.

 

Tom and Sven on a training day in the Ardennes. Note the sunshine

Tom and Sven on a training day in the Ardennes. Note the sunshine

 

 

It hasn’t been that bad because my legs have been good and I wasn’t really that sick. No more than a bad cough. The only race I think I should have rested from was Dwars door Vlaanderen, racing in the rain really didn’t help things. However, now it has been around for a week and a half I beginning to think that I may have made the wrong decision.

 

Relaxing the day after Brabantse Pijl in the sunshine

Relaxing the day after Brabantse Pijl in the sunshine

 

The school of thought that I am prescribing to is that if you train through a cold you come out the other side flying because your body has had the stress of training and the stress of being sick.

We will see how it goes in the next few races to see if I have made the right decision or not.

 

Big Tom. Not happy despite coffee and sunshine

Big Tom. Not happy despite coffee and sunshine

 

The next couple of weeks are fairly quiet so hopefully I am well enough for some good training in the next few weeks and get some good results. The team is racing the Aarschot pro kermesse and Ronde van Drenthe (split team) on 13th of April, Denain in France on 16th April and Duren in Germany on 19th of April. Drenthe is a really big race and is considered the baby Roubaix so I will have to be in great form for this race.

 

Cobbles of Drenthe

Cobbles of Drenthe

 

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