So I finished my first triathlon (for this season - an olympic distance race) a couple weeks ago, was happy with my finish time at 2:23, and the next day I came down with a rough case of the flu that kept me out of commission for an entire week. It wouldn't bother me too much except that now I have a race (an olympic distance) in just under three weeks.
I did a long run yesterday (12mi.), and tried to keep it slow, but it was still horrible after mile 8 and my legs are feeling sore today, which worries me greatly. So I'm taking today off with the hope I'll be recovered and able to make up the lost time later in the week.
My question is, how easy should I take this week with respect to recovery or will my body snap back to the way it was so my workouts aren't agonizing? Should I adjust my race preparation and not even taper for my next race? I'm really, really, really frustrated as I had worked so hard this spring and summer to get in great shape and I feel like last week set me back months. I'm leaning towards not tapering for the race and just treating it as a workout, since I feel like my expectations have to be lowered anyway.