The problem with being a vegan is that the minute you get sick, no matter what kind of illness you have come down with, most people will tell you that it is because you are vegan.
I have been sick a lot the past five months, so I'm beginning to get suspicious myself. I mean, who can blame me? Surely a good sausage roll will solve the problem.
The real bummer here is, of course, when sickness disallows me from riding my bike. The minute I seem to string a good week together, the next week seems to be plagued with niggling illness, bad weather, or a bad case of the ceebs.
With this in mind, here are FJ's criteria to know when you are sick, followed by how to make ya feel better.
1. You wake up unable to swallow. Swallowing is really painful. You don't just have a sore throat. No, you have swollen tonsils. Forget about riding. Forget about talking. Just forget about having a good time for the coming days.
2. You get out of bed, and are a bit achey. Head is all fluffy, and you aren't as hungry as usual. When you get on the bike it's a struggle to even turn the pedals, let alone put any power down. You probably have the beginning of flu. It's gonna suck for the next three to four days. Accept your lot, and go watch Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels. And Snatch. 'Do you like dags?'
3. You wake up and you can't see because looking at light makes your head explode with pain. You have meningitis. You might die. If you don't, you can ride in a week or so.
4. You're heart slows to a dangerous level while you sleep. You have taken EPO. That is so cool.
I have had all of the above, at some point, except for EPO (but if anyone knows anyone, hit me up). I even rode home from a party after meningitis had set in. It was pretty horrible but, on the other hand, my hallucinations were so severe I barely knew where I was.
I used to try and do the 'work through the sickness' thing. All that seems to involve is going to work, sneezing on everyone, complaining about how you can't get any work done, and taking twice as long to get better. These days I just call in sick, sit under a blanket, eat lots of healthy food, and twice as much of it, so I usually come good within 48 hours. It'd be pretty good if the past three months hadn't been punctured with shit two day periods. With this in mind:
1. Drink lots of water. So boring, but so necessary. I tried beer once. It didn't work.
2. Eat fuckloads. I got this off Jez 'Crossboss' Soawyer. Just eat twice as much as you normally would. So far, so good.
3. Sleep. Get ten hours if you can. If you're unlucky, you'll have a blocked up nose that causes you to wake up every two hours. Sucks to be you.
4. Don't ride. Even the smallest training ride will suppress your immune system to some extent. Just take it easy for two or three days. Think about how fresh you'll be when you get back to it!
5. Watch Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels. It is a scientific fact that watching English thugs say funny things and shooting each other will, at the very least, reduce the time in bed by a third.
If you are sick, get well soon! If you're not, carry on as per usual. Let me know where you get your sausage rolls.
Charles, get the air rifle. We're being fucked...