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Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Riding When Sick: I'm Not Woozy... I'm... A ... Princess!

The title of this post was inspired by my friend's little daughter who uttered those priceless words before passing out after getting some medicine and a shot. I still love that story as I think of her eyes rolling into her head, asleep, after declaring herself royalty. That is how I am feeling today. Woozy!

Last weekend I did my first long ride since I returned from Seattle. Periodically I have a little allergy related asthma that a little puff from an inhaler takes care of. Maybe one episode per month tops. Since that last trip it has been every day and many times per day. The inhaler lost its effectiveness and I just felt like crap.

Yesterday I had enough and made a quick appointment with the doctor for after work. I walked in immediately upon entering the hospital and was having a consultation. The doctor prescribed a set of medicine to bring everything back under control, but the side effects are not the greatest for riding. One is a steroid (DOPING), another is an antihistamine. I got a couple of other things too. The side effects are insomnia, dehydration, wooziness, light muscle tremors, possible constipation and all that goodness.

Needless to say, I will still be doing the event this weekend, but I am highly disappointed I will not be feeling very competitive. The doctor says I can ride, but not to over do it. We shall see.

Frankly, I keep dreaming of gnarly climbs and not riding in the flats. I felt so good climbing last weekend. I need more. Hopefully this will all blow over fast and I can get back to my routine. Huh!

The Road In The Air: Taiwan's "Other" Bike Movie

The hit bicycle movie, Island Etude may have served as the spark which ignited the bicycle trend that took Taiwan by storm between 2007-2009, but there was another bicycle movie that hit DVD racks about the same time. The Road in the Air was an aspiring Merchant Ivory film that never had a red carpet opening beyond the front door of the local Blockbuster, and deservedly so. Still, it is worth checking out if only for the satisfaction of seeing places you've biked depicted on film.