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Whining some more

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

It seems like I’ve been a little whiny lately on my blog. It’s not intentional, but I get cranky when I don’t get adequate saddle time. The past few weeks have been nothing but commuting, and frankly, most of it has not been much fun. Especially since I’ve basically been sick the past two weeks.

I had hoped to do a long ride over the weekend, and the weather was good, but I have a lingering cough that results in some real coughing fits, even just during my 5-6-mile commute, so riding for an extended period of time was not a viable option.

But yesterday I hit rock bottom, riding-wise. I started feeling sick again yesterday morning and rode to class anyway. I felt worse and worse as the day went on. I left my last class a bit early and rode home. I felt awful. I was dizzy and nauseous, and a windchill of 5°F, including a harsh headwind, made me feel worse in every way. I had multiple coughing fits on my way home. My ears were in severe pain — lingering effects of my ear infections, made worse by the cold. A few times I seriously wondered if I was going to make it all the way home. That should give you some idea of how bad I felt — it’s only a six-mile ride. It was probably the most miserable 30 minutes I’ve ever spent on a bicycle. After I got home, I immediately collapsed on the bed for 2-3 hours. I felt a little bit better when I woke up.

Today, I drove to class and work, for the first time in ages. We have single-digit windchills again today and I just didn’t think my ears could take any more abuse. I thought the rest of me could use a break, too. Driving felt weird, but I do think this may help me finally recover.

This is the first time I’ve driven to class. Parking wasn’t really a hassle, but only because I decided to pay for a spot in a parking garage. $3 for one class period. Yeesh.

In other news, I’ve decided NOT to attempt the 200km brevet on February 19. It’s just too much, given my lack of training. It’s been weeks since I got to go on a long ride.  There’s another 200k out of Carbondale, IL in May. I am contemplating making that my new goal. It seems more realistic. But, that is dependent on getting my butt in gear and doing some serious training between now and then. I think it’ll be doable once I finally get over this lingering illness.

I’m sorry for complaining so much, but sometimes it’s important to recognize that cycling isn’t always fun, especially if you are a daily commuter. Most of the time I really enjoy it, but being even just a little bit sick can make it miserable. I feel like I’m on the mend now. I hope I’m right. I’m going to go crazy if I don’t get to do a fun ride soon!

9 Responses to “Whining some more”

  1. Sarah Says:

    I’m sorry life has been so rough on you lately. Hopefully, you’ll be back in the saddle (literally and metaphorically) soon!

  2. Pondero Says:

    Sickness takes the fun out of everything. Focus on recovery, and enjoy stuff sooner.

  3. Tim Says:

    Pretty yummy graphic description. I don’t think you’re whiney. Continuing to ride while gunked it pretty amazing. Feel better.

    (and if you pull off the May 200k I’m going to pout. Not gonna get permission on this end.)

  4. Bill Lambert Says:

    Hope you feel better soon!

  5. David Crowell Says:

    I completely understand the way you feel. I’ve been in and out of that recently.

    I have found that earplugs help in the cold weather when you have an earache.

  6. Tracy W Says:

    Whining is ok once in a while, especially if you feel crappy. We’ve been sick more than usual down here, and I also fought with that same stinking cough that wouldn’t go away. Hang in there and get some rest. It eventually takes care of itself.

  7. Robert Rowe Says:

    I’ve been whiny recently and I only have a 2.5 mile commute, and haven’t been sick (yet, *knocks on wood*). It’s amazing what we (many cyclists moreso than I) put ourselves through, and you’re no exception. You deserve a break to rest, even if it’s not what you want to do.
    Good luck getting ready for the Brevet. I couldn’t do it!

  8. the flat tire Says:

    I sort of learned that riding while sick just isn’t worth it.
    I mean no matter how much you miss it, it’s better to get to full strength and attack at full force.
    In fact, I think the rest is good and you come back stronger.

  9. Dave Says:

    Oh man, I know that feeling. I rode sick quite a lot when I was in college and didn’t own a car… that is NO FUN. I hope you get back to 100% soon.

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