Gunn-Rita diary: Loooooong days at home

Five weeks usually disappear in a flash, but these days that I've been forced to spend at home in...

Five weeks usually disappear in a flash, but these days that I've been forced to spend at home in Stavanger in the middle of the cycling season have really dragged by. A lack of energy and strength has meant that I haven't been able to exercise or do much of anything else.

I've just completed a week of strong antibiotics against the stomach bacteria which were discovered in my tests just after our arrival at home. We had to wait for the results of those tests for two whole weeks. I prefer to avoid taking this kind of medicine, but right now I simply have to do as the doctor says so that I can get well again.

I've experienced a little improvement this week. I can feel my strength and energy levels slowly rising again, which should be expected after such a long rest! Now the challenge for me is to not become too excited and eager, and avoid exercising too hard and too much these coming weeks. This week will be a sort of warming up week, with about 10-12 hours of exercise at low intensity.

If my body can cope with these doses, I can increase the intensity a little the following week, and maybe be able to take part in the Norwegian championships in Drammen in two weeks. It would be great to just get to take part and complete a race now with a good feeling. Top results will have to wait.

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