Ever since Friday's awesome intervals with my dad, (5 x 30 100+ RI 30. 8 x 2:00 LT RI 2:00. 2 x 4 x 10 sprint @ 1:00. 5 x 30 100+ RI 30.) at a wayyy higher wattage than expected/supposed/hoped/wanted/needed. Then I started getting some confidence for this year of cross racing. Then it has slowly plummeted downward in a neatly orientated spiral since. Saturday morning was still pretty good though I have to admit with checking out the OROC 5k run downtown, then getting in a nice 2hr Z2 (my favorite) ride home from the hood. Saturday afternoon I started to get really tired and slept a bunch that night for getting nothing done but the ride in the morning. Sunday I awoke with a major fever, headache, and not the whole bit. That was pretty much it, a headache and a fever. I was surprised it hadn't developed into a full blown swine-flu epidemic. I still took the day off from activity but still got done some bike fits which is good. Slept good Sunday then had a very drowsy day at school Monday. Then my granny came over and my calf cramped so bad she had to change my position on the couch for me. The muscle just locked up for a full 5 minutes and it swelled like I was flexing after a good workout. It seemed like just one of "those" cramps after a really hard race (pretty much all cross racing for me, especially with a long drive / little cool-down) but it has been really sore since and my fever hasn't gone away.
What am I getting at?
I commonly read THIS book and it describes how the professional racers are always right on the verge of getting sick. There form is so good and there training load so much up 'til around Christmas that they are very frequently checking pulse, etc. for signs of illness. "Constantly treading on a tightrope from top-form to sickness," is one of the phrases in the book. And of course, being the total pro-stalker that I am, I remembered this cramp sounded a bit like KFC's "lock-ups" that she experiences.
Katie’s legs have opened up and she’s back on the bike. Her muscle episode lasted just over 3 weeks which is typical for her condition.This, obviously, scared the crap out of me and now I am pretty serious about working this thing out. I have already rolled it, balmed it, and iced it. Let's hope this goes away quick, like by tomorrow would be good because I'd like to break in the Pit Bike.