Fast Talk podcast, ep. 31: How to avoid illness (or just cope with it)

Illness can jeopardize important races or even entire seasons. Here's how to better understand it, avoid it, and cope if you get sick.

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The VeloNews Fast Talk podcast is your source for the best advice and most interesting insight on what it takes to become a better cyclist. Listen in as VeloNews columnist Trevor Connor discusses a range of topics, including training, physiology, technology, and more.

Illness can be a big setback for cyclists at all levels. What causes us to get sick, and how do we avoid it? If we train too hard, will it ruin our immune system, or can we power through it and ride with the sniffles?

We are joined by Dr. Jason Glowney of CU Sports Medicine to answer these questions and better understand the science of illness and how it can make us better, healthier cyclists.

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