Sunday, May 31, 2009

Slow Spring Continues

My slowest spring in years continues. I am still riding, but missing more days than ever. I last rode on Tuesday, I believe, then again on the Brompton just for a couple of miles on errands and then this morning a nice loop at a good clip, but only once around. I continue to be plagued by minor health issues that discourage me from getting up at 4:45 AM. My back is still day to day. Part of the problem is that it feels ok most of the day but is badly impacted by sleeping positions so the morning is the worst time. Last night I discovered I could sleep sitting up and wake up almost pain free. So I rode. Plus I have some virus (finally diagnosed yesterday as Pityriasis Rosea) which is the cause of major skin rashes all over my back and various hidden parts of my body. Luckily it doesn't show up in public areas! But as the day wears on the itching is almost unbearable. None of this augers well for enthusiasm for anything, let alone bike riding. The doctor says there is no treatment but that it should run its course in 8 weeks!! I can't remember the name of the virus...pedarayisis or something like that. Despite all this I really enjoyed the ride today and felt stronger than I have in awhile. I may have enough time to do a longer ride later this week, the first of the year, amazingly. We'll see.

Next week the Peloton comes to Philly. I have been trying to get excited about the Giro, but something just hasn't clicked. I might have been more engaged if Levi had stayed in contention. I have an engagement next Sunday afternoon, but should be able to hang out at the race for a bit in the morning.

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