After taking several months off due to stress levels, job-related issues, a general decline in my energy level and loss of passion for cycling I finally got back in the saddle in December. Following my 2nd ride, I suffered a substantial allergy attack (the Cedar is really potent this time of year in central Texas) that in less than 24 hours mutated into the worst sinus infection I think I've ever experienced. That infection also triggered my asthma, which has been gradually creeping back into my life for the few years, to the point where the inhaler was having no effect. I suffered with asthma as a kid but it gradually decreased as I went through high school, but has come back with a vengeance the last few years. I'm told that is a possibility as you get older and I'll be 48 in May.
Three+ weeks and some serious antibiotics later, I am back on the bike at somewhere around 2/3 - 3/4 of the form I was in before being waylaid by the sinus infection. Also with the aid of Singulair, which I'm told I may need to stay on if I want to continue with endurance sports considering the allergy potential of this area and my asthmatic condition, I could actually move enough air to make the rides enjoyable.
Anyway, it sure was good to just get out and enjoy some fun riding. Now to just lay down some base miles without any further interruptions.
On the bright side I enjoyed my rides immensely, which is a HUGE improvement from late summer/fall of 2014. Hoping the cycling stays positive from here on out with the help of modern medicine
and an improved outlook on work and other "stuff".......