Vegas Food Poisoning


January 14, 2013 by IowaTriBob

Like so many have experienced when training for a triathlon, the swings from workout to workout and week to week can vary widely. So why should this past week in Vegas for me be any different.

After starting what I would consider to be an awesome week with a nice 5 mile run in 50 degree weather to one of my most enjoyable bike rides along the Red Rock Canyon, my week took a turn for the worse.

Rushing in between a few business meetings I decided to stop in a nice site down café within one of the strip premier casinos with a few colleagues. We informed the waitress that we were pressed for time and asked that she help rush our orders along (in hindsight this was probably the nail in the coffin). I made a conscious decision to stay as paleo and healthy as possible and ordered the Ahi Cerviche and Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps. Both tasted absolutely amazing.

And then, 6 hours later it hit me. The worst case of food poisoning I’ve ever had. I’ll spare the details but it took me out of commission for 3 days straight. I’m fairly certain it was food poisoning and not the flu but the overall effect and results were pretty similar. I was down and down hard.

Now what bothered me the most was surprising. It wasn’t the fact of being or feeling sick. It wasn’t even the fact that I had missed several meetings that I really wanted to attend. What really bothered me was knowing that this was the first time in 6 months I had taken more than a day off of working out. In addition to missing my workouts I knew I was losing strength and losing weight (which I’ve been so focused on maintaining lately).

After a long trip back home, I did my best to put calories back in this weekend and even added in some fast food to help fill some cravings I found myself having. It wasn’t until yesterday that I was able to go for an easy 5K run and today was the first time in almost a week that I was able to complete a regularly scheduled workout.

I’m trying to stay positive but I know I’ve lost a little ground as shown by today’s swim workout. What should have been a fairly straightforward and simple workout was definitely tougher than usual. I’m now back on a solid eating schedule, workout plan, and am trying to gain back the lost ground as quickly as possible.

What’s been your experience with injuries and illnesses?

How long did it take you before you felt like you were back up to par with where you left off?


12 thoughts on “Vegas Food Poisoning

  1. Chatter says:

    Sorry to hear that, that’s rough. December was a bad month for me. I dropped from thirty hours to nineteen due to injury and illness. It has taken me two Weeks now to feel back up to par. Stick with it and good luck.

    • IowaTriBob says:

      Good to hear you’re back and from reading it sounds like not only are you back but even further ahead. Thanks for sharing the experience and I’m hoping to be able to double some efforts here soon.

  2. Sorry to hear about your food poisoning. So frustrating when you’ve been working so hard!
    I was hit with the worst flu I’ve ever had a couple months ago. Honestly, I’m still not up to par. It’s driving me crazy, so I’m doing what I can do right now.
    Hoping you bounce back quickly!

  3. elisariva says:

    How horrible! I ran a half marathon two years ago in Vegas. The day I left I had breakfast at the hotel restaurant. A turkey sausage poisoned me. I could tell something was wrong within a half hour. Unfortunately I was flying home that day and it hit badly while in flight. I was sick for three days and lost 7pounds. Gaining strength and weight back took a month, but I did it. I completely understand how you feel. Take it slow and stay hydrated. Stick to healthy foods, just eat more. You will get back in time. So sorry to hear!

    • IowaTriBob says:

      Thanks for the great advice and I’m really hoping it doesn’t take a full month but I’m also trying to make sure I don’t overdo it and catch something else in while I’m still not 100%.

      The experience sounds so familiar and exact same here, 3 days and 7 pounds. The more I’ve talked with friends the more common an occurrence this sounds like in Vegas. I think next time out it will be a lot of trips to Whole Foods and eating in the suite.

  4. Carrie says:

    That’s horrible! Hope you’re on the mend! Being sick and missing a few days of workouts would leave me uneasy, too, so I’d try to remind myself of all the time, effort, and miles I’ve clocked and put into my “endurance bank.” It stinks when you can’t make more “deposits,” but since you have a lot saved up, resting and focusing on getting better won’t hurt too much in the grand scheme of training.

  5. Sounds like a lot of good advice for a crappy situation (sorry about the pun).

    I would stay away from regular training until you feel you are 100%; keep your workouts to 60% of your max. Don’t worry about your fitness, you may actually find you are stronger and faster when you get back at it.

    I usually increase my Vitamin B and D supplements while I am sick. Doing that has sped my recovery to 4-5 days.

  6. I have been fairly fortunate so far with my health, but I haven’t been at it that long. I did have one health issue this last summer. It was a tumorish looking growth that I didn’t really think anything of, but my doctor wanted to get it checked out. I had an ultra-sound then after that I had an MRI. It came back favorable, but I let it get in my head and didn’t train through it. I hope next time I just “power through” until told otherwise. What can I say, live and learn!

  7. Food poisoning is terrible and even worse when you are not home! Hope you are feeling better. You won’t lose much fitness at all in those few days. Your body has the memory. I’m grappling with a terrible cough and let my body rest a few days. And I agee that its so frustrating not to work out and it’s hard for me to force a sleep in. However, it’s off season too so no big deal you have time to go full force! :).

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