Recovering from COVID 19

I was recently unfortunate enough to contract and test positive for COVID19. I was in complete isolation at home for 3 weeks with no access to my trainer. I am now clear of the virus but after nearly 3 weeks i’m still struggling with any degree of exertion beyond a steady brisk walk. With lack of exercise over a prolonged period and fair amount of comfort/over eating i have managed to gain about 9lbs. My question is - are there any workouts that will allow me to limit overall exertion but still help me wrestle back control of my weight - obviously with a modified diet!
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Sorry to hear this but glad to see your are on your way back and recovering.

I would start with something like Taku so that you don’t over do anything out of the gate. See how your body responds to that and maybe do nothing but that type of workout (30-60 minutes, easy) for a week and then build as you get your strength back.

Best of luck!

Bummer. Good luck with the recovery.

Something like Dans, Taku or Free Ride nice and easy would be good places to start. Maybe add in Lazy Mountain as you ride longer.

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From friends who have recovered I would be very careful and keep your doctors in the conversation. One friend in particular had a very up and down recovery, nearly being rehospitalised a few times.


You should get cleared by your doctor, which should at least involve and EKG and blood test, and possibly and echocardiogram, depending how seriously you were ill and if any of that testing was done during your illness. The American College of Cardiology Sports & Exercise Council has published a guideline (albeit based on expert opinion, since there are no studies as of yet)


Thank you! I’ll take a look.

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Great thank you. Someone else recommended Taku - sounds like something i should try…

Agreed! Just when i think i’m over it - it comes back to haunt me. Thanks for the cautionary advice.

Good advice - thank you. I was planning on doing this before i tried to do any real workouts but might prioritise. Will definitely read the link you included!

I also contracted the virus, but my case seems to be much milder than others I’ve heard about. I spent 14 days in quarantine and then another 10 days of recovery before I felt like having the energy to do anything. I’ve had a couple of outdoor rides now and went back and updated my training plan. All of this years races have canceled for the year so I had the TrainerRoad program update those changes. My question is how long does it take to get back to my previous level. I did an FTP ramp test this morning and have dropped 25 watts from my last test 2 months ago. I’m on the Olympic triathlon mid volume plan with the idea of a possible race at the end of October. I would appreciate any information from Covid patients or those in the know! Thanks again for a great forum.