We all know that bike commuters are less likely than non-cyclists to get sick. But what happens when a cyclist does catch a cold: garage the bike or keep on keeping on?
I encountered this situation today and decided to ride to work. I have a cold – sore throat, sneezing, a little weak – but did not feel bad enough to take a sick day. The weather was sunny and relatively warm, so I rode my bike without much thought. I took it easy, blew my nose at stop lights, and felt pretty good during the ride. I drooped considerably once I got to my office, and felt more feverish, with a raw throat and less energy. A cup of hot tea helped and soon I felt just normal sick. Same with the ride home.
I wonder – what is the healthier course of action? Riding my bike always makes me feel better in the long run and taking the L train while sick is miserable. But does riding exacerbate the sickness and slow healing time? I don’t know.
I like the advice from Commute by Bike: “If I’m too sick to ride, I’m too sick to work.”
But what about the gray area, where you know you’re not too sick to work, but sick nevertheless? What has your experience been?