Today I am supposed to execute my Time-Crunched Cyclist Field Test. It is still on my to-do list, but I’m having second thoughts. It all has to with something that started happening late yesterday afternoon.
Sitting in my office I began to find myself getting off my train of thought. Then I noticed I kept clearing my throat. That was followed by a dull ache in the lower part of my ears.
I could tell that I was having some sort of sinus issue arising. As I went through the evening, I begin to feel more pain in my right sinus behind my nose. There was no improvement in the drainage. I went to bed hoping I would wake up feeling better.
It didn’t help that I had a hard time getting to sleep because of the continued drainage causing me to clear my throat and cough. I did fall asleep and woke up 8 hours later feeling pretty much the same. I considered that a victory!
I’ve always operated by the adage, “Ride if it is in your head. If it is in your chest, rest instead.” Well, so far it is just in my head. I don’t see any reason why I can go forward with the Field Test. My only fear is that I will not be at 100% and I’ll end up with a lower number than would like for a baseline.
So, I am going to mount up in the early afternoon and give it a go. If I croak, I’ll just abort. If I make it through, I will just use that FTP number and plan to retest when I get over this crud.
In other training news, I record today that I am at 176.6 pounds. I’ve started a new habit of using an exercise ball as my seat while watching football, etc. I’ll do crunches periodically. This is in addition to my established routine. I’m also using the ball as my chair in my home office. I’m sitting on it right now as type this.