I had a run of 3 or 4 years when I was ill late Jan/early Feb (missed several Scottish National X-C). During a visit to the dentist with a tooth infection - he said "teeth infections are often a sign of being run-down". Lightbulb moment... and I managed to avoid over-training at that time of the year from then on.
The repeated illness at same time of year suggests you are overdoing it long-term. 4 or 5 months of hard training over the winter gradually grinds your body down until you get ill. Learn from it and avoid the same problem next year.
Ahh yeah I get where you're coming from.
I think my issue comes from the combination of birthday on the 20th Jan, SU ball 24th Jan, big weekend 26th of Jan, and, in the case of this year, a huge deadline on the 30th Jan.
The combination of late nights and social occasions always leaves me feeling a bit run down... and this year I would have been fine had it not been for the deadline causing late nights and a hefty amount of stress.
I'm fairly sure I'm okay training wise. I've certainly learnt from the last few years of terms of managing my "social occasions" as such but the deadline and my inherent lack of organisation was what killed me off this year. Come nationals I'll be shifting decent again.
Yeah, Big Weekend must have been tough mate, all that helping you did...
Was meaning in previous years when I’ve been ill.
You are known for excessive helping at BW's in the past. Definitely not the drinking.