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Swimming with a cold?
CREATED: 01/22/13 by tkopan REPLIES: 7
tkopan's ravatar tkopan    JOINED: 4/7/12    POSTS: 46
Swimming with a cold?
POSTED: 1/22/13 1:57 PM

Hey all --
I have a stuffy/runny nose and a mild cold...what are people's thoughts on hitting the pool?
Thanks.

morunner66's ravatar morunner66    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 714
RE: Swimming with a cold?
POSTED: 1/23/13 8:45 AM

I've swum with bronchittis before, but I wouldn't recommend following my advice.

As long as you feel ok - have enough energy to get in a quality workout - go for it. But if you don't, rest. This is the off season. If you push yourself too hard, you could end up sicker.

Drink lots of fluids, tea - water, take Mucinex D to clear your head, see a DR if you feel worse.

asovonick's ravatar asovonick    JOINED: 6/3/09    POSTS: 213
RE: Swimming with a cold?
POSTED: 1/23/13 9:36 AM

Just watch for the inevitable trail of snot that will emanate from your nose when you take breaks at the wall. Don't want to gross out your lanemates too much.

Ea$ily.
-Andy Sovonick of Gaithersburg

mosered's ravatar mosered    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 1796
RE: Swimming with a cold?
POSTED: 1/23/13 11:17 AM

I've heard swimmers say the chlorine helps ward off an incipient illness. Is that true or a myth?

dhops's ravatar dhops    JOINED: 7/12/12    POSTS: 113
RE: Swimming with a cold?
POSTED: 1/23/13 11:42 AM

I haven't been in the pool in a month...and I have bronchitis.

Ed, you might be on to something.

ballstoncyclist's ravatar ballstoncyclist    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 496
RE: Swimming with a cold?
POSTED: 1/24/13 2:27 AM

I am not naming names. But there is a member if the club who thinks the best thing for a cold is a swim. And that a pool is the best neti pot.

afava's ravatar afava    JOINED: 2/28/09    POSTS: 257
RE: Swimming with a cold?
POSTED: 1/24/13 8:16 AM

Stay home! Get on trainer (at home, by yourself) if you need to move but sharing your cold is not nice :-(

tkopan's ravatar tkopan    JOINED: 4/7/12    POSTS: 46
RE: Swimming with a cold?
POSTED: 1/24/13 4:44 PM

Thanks for the input all -- I decided to hold off until I wasn't a total faucet out of respect to my fellow swimmers.
I just hate when my stupid immune system doesn't cooperate with my training schedule!

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