I was sidelined last week with a stubborn head cold, a fairly normal occurrence for skiers in the fall. This meant pulling out all my cold remedies and strategies to ensure that I got it out of my system as quickly as possible! Here are some of my favourite remedies, maybe they will give you some new ideas to try:
- Sleep! Sick Alysson needs at least 10hrs a night
- Positive chill time: I am way happier when I'm doing productive things (and happy head = happier body) so I try to either work on non-taxing projects like baking, catching up on emails and organizing, or keep myself entertained by doing something good for me such as attempting to play guitar or reading a book. This keeps me in a better head space than going into sloth mode on the couch with my computer.
- Cold-FX! My bottle emptied very quickly this week
- My witch's brew: I kept a pot of cold-busting tea bubbling on the stove. Freshly chopped ginger, whole cloves, allspice berries and a cinnamon stick simmered away. When sufficiently brewed I poured it into my favorite mug, added freshly-squeezed lemon juice and zest, and stirred in a bit of honey to finish it off. Tasty and hopefully effective! If nothing else at least it kept me hydrated :)
- Don't look at my training plan! This is something I realized too late. I hate missing planned training so going on my Training Peaks was guaranteed to make me grouchy. Especially when I compared the 45min ski I completed to the 16x30sec lactate tolerance workout that had been planned.
- And finally, don't go hard too early! Colds are taxing and just because the symptoms are gone that doesn't mean it's time to do intensity. This is one of the toughest ones for me (what, I can't do hard intensity until Saturday!?) but my coaches have been smart about keeping my training easy. This is definitely the right decision as even 2 hour skis are still surprisingly draining.
The silver lining of getting sick was that I got most of my final house organizing done after moving to a new basement suite 3 weeks ago. It really feels like home now so our hard work has paid off!