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Finally Feeling (Almost) Back to Normal After the Stomach Flu.

January 2022

Have you ever noticed, when it’s really cold outside (and I mean bone-chilling cold) you sport a dull ache most of the time? It’s not anything terrible, really. I just don’t feel my normal 75 degree (24 C) self. Anyway, because of that it’s hard to really know when I’m actually back after a cold or flu. It’s almost like I have to guess.

This year’s 24hr stomach flu was, well, is, brutal. It started off normal and stayed true through the “once you get sick you start feeling better right away” bit, but after I hit 65% it dragged on forever getting to 95%. I was out for a full week before I finally felt like myself again.

I took one more easy day on the trainer Wednesday night, just to be safe and it took me a minute just to talk myself into not taking a day off. I wasn’t feeling a whole lot better last night and almost dawdled my way into taking the night off. Fortunately, I prevailed against stinkin’ thinkin’ again and had a really good session but I was shocked and chagrinned that I even had to have the debate in the first place.

And that brings me to an interesting point in this saga of trying to get my mojo back after being that sick… I’ve never had this much mental angst getting back into the swing of things. I’ve always just gone for it once I start feeling human again. In fact, usually long before that.

I’m going to evaluate what’s happening in my melon over the weekend. I’ve got some serious changes to make to get my head straight because this back-and-forth just won’t do.


  1. JustI says:

    I started chuckling at “sporting a dull ache most of the time”. I remember it showing up at a certain age. I call it Arthur, and in Florida he shows up when the weather changes and storm clouds are rolling in. I don’t like him much, and neither do my knees!

    • bgddyjim says:

      Nope, this isn’t arthritis. I don’t have any issues with that, whatsoever. Not in the hands, knees, shoulders… not at all. This is more just feeling like I’m in the middle of “flu recovery” where I don’t feel quite myself. And I thank God I don’t! My dad had it BAD.

  2. kirkmtb says:

    How about setting yourself a target? As we surely all know nothing gets you going like something to aim for.

    • bgddyjim says:

      I have a target ride to get me through the winter, actually a couple of them, but I typically don’t work like that (I wish I did). I’ll definitely include that in my inventory, though. Thanks!

  3. The Omil says:

    Welcome back. I doubt it applies to many US sports but, in cricket, the advice is to play yourself in slowly.

    • bgddyjim says:

      Yeah, no cricket here, but cycling is just the same… I did a couple easy days before starting to ramp it up last night. I’ve gotta get my head right, though. I think this is a gray matter issue.

  4. Definitely sounds more mental than physical. This is a tough time of the year mentally with short dark, cold days. Add on a bout of illness and all the crap of the last two years and you’re bound to be feeling the Black Dog’s bite. Recognising it is the first step out of it though 💪

  5. crustytuna says:

    If you figure out how to stop the back-and-forth, do tell! Wasted an hour arguing with myself this morning before finally getting on the trainer, which was, of course, worth it. whyyy……

  6. Lisa M. Boyd says:

    Yeah after my 4th surgery there was no just getting back up like I did after my 3rd. My body isn’t the same anymore, and it is a slow go on everything for me. It mind f’s me a little every day, and I have to turn it over. I have to accept this. We went and had dinner with friends, and played 3 games of Pool I was totally exhausted when we got home. That is not my norm. It is almost laughable how ridiculously slow (tired) I am at times and recovering, but I have to give myself grace. It is winter, and an usually harsh one at that. I am recognizing, and accepting myself right where I am. It has been a long 2 years in this new world, and my new physical being. Thanking God for another day I wake. For tomorrow is not promised, and I am my own worst critic. At least I am getting up. 👍😀 Sickness is not fun, and I always think someone out there has it way worse than me. Happy you are on the up and up!

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