Catching Covid-19

November 9th I lost my sense of smell. I knew I had Covid as soon as I acknowledged that I couldn’t smell. I had a stuffy nose for two days. Not even the type of sniffles I considered a cold, but rather just the light type of sniffles that made me decide to push intervals off until the following day. I did this two days in a row until on the third day I lost smell. I went and got a test, which took five days to get results back. I knew I had Covid so I started taking things easy.

After a little concern with the echo, but a good chest-ray I was cleared to go on walks.

After a little concern with the echo, but a good chest-ray I was cleared to go on walks.

It has been super hard to take over two weeks off recovering from Covid-19. Prior to Covid I had been doing my first big on snow training block and feeling great. I did hour of threshold intervals the day before the ‘sniffles’ set in and it was nearly effortless. I did the set on a known route in Fairbanks that I have done since I was 14 so it has become a solid gage of fitness for me.

None the less I am doing much better now. I had a few tough days, but in general from what I know via echo, ecg, chest x-ray and blood labs I believe I am recovering well. Thanks to the cardiologist and my coach, Erik Flora, I have a structured plan to return to full training in a conservative and progressive approach. After two weeks completely off I started back with some walks. After that I did a week of 1 hour skis each day. Last week I did 2×1 hour ski per day and this week I am doing roughly the same, but allowing the daily volume to reach 2.5 hours if energy is good. I understand training two hours a day is great general health, but I am used to doing two sessions per day that are each two hours in duration in addition to high intensity training sessions. Right now I am doing all my exercise at a crawling pace. Polar watches actually sent me a brand new watch so that I can ensure I keep my pulse within the specified range.

With my progression I hope to be near 100% around Christmas.

After quarantine I was really excited to get outside and see family that I only see a few weeks a year.

First good walk. Went with my brothers kids looking for grouse and ptarmigan.

First good walk. Went with my brothers kids looking for grouse and ptarmigan.

Setting lines and retrieving burbot was pretty taxing early on.

Setting lines and retrieving burbot was pretty taxing early on.

I put Dad on cooking duty. Beer battered halibut from this summer.

I put Dad on cooking duty. Beer battered halibut from this summer.

I brought blueberries to Fairbanks so Mom and I canned some jam and made syrup.

I brought blueberries to Fairbanks so Mom and I canned some jam and made syrup.

Could I get any more Covid basic?

Could I get any more Covid basic?

Started to carve a travel spoon.

Started to carve a travel spoon.