How to Avoid Illness (Or Just Cope With It)

Illness can jeopardize important races or even entire seasons. We address how to better understand illness, how to avoid it, and ways to cope if you do get sick.

Avoid Illness in Training pc: Kelly Sikkema

Illness can jeopardize important races or even entire seasons. In this episode, we address how to better understand illness, how to avoid it, and ways you can cope if you do get sick.

Illness can be a big setback for cyclists at all levels. What causes us to get sick, and how do we avoid it? If we train too hard, will it ruin our immune system, or can we power through it and ride with the sniffles?

We are joined by Dr. Jason Glowney of the University of Colorado Sports Medicine and Performance Center to answer these questions and better understand the science of illness and how it can make us healthier cyclists.

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