Oh boy, so that patience poster from the last post? Yeah… on Wednesday last week, I got hit HARD. The debilitating sinus infection took over and sent me straight to the sick bed. I went to the doctor and got antibiotics, and was in bed all day every day until Sunday. To make matters worse, it moved into my ears so I had an ear infection (and a harrowing fever to boot). I haven’t been hit that hard in a long time!! The antibiotics did not clear the infection, so I had to get more antibiotics which I started on Tuesday, and I will be on them for 14 days. That means I’ll be getting off of them right before my first race of the year. I have had to take a step back and re-evaluate. Reality is a bitch. It’s really hard to get quality training with antibiotics in your system simply because it’s hard to absorb nutrients in the small intestine. I’ve been eating yogurt, taking Jarro-Dophilus, and drinking Kombucha to try to replenish the probiotics on a daily basis. Plus the last month has been a waste. Square 1.
I got back on the bike Tuesday after a week of nothing. I waited until I was at 90% and took it really easy (although the wind on Tuesday was a steady 40mph with up to 70 mph gusts). All I can do is ride base miles pace (so pretty slow). I’m trying to come back easy and not push too hard. It’s actually not hard to do, because I am lacking the strength and power to the pedals. It WILL come back, but it’s safe to say that I probably won’t be feeling very strong for the Julian Death March on April 9. It’ll be good training at least!
I learned my lesson. Instead of getting my sinus infection taken care of right away because I was afraid to take antibiotics, I suffered for ten days of it before finally doing something…further set myself back and will have been on antibiotics for 2.5 weeks. FAIL! haha Oh well, live and learn.
I’ve been keeping it light and fun, especially since the trails are starting to dry out!
Each day, I get a little healthier. Sunday will be 3 weeks… hopefully by then I’ll be 100%. I say to myself, “Gentle” on each ride.
For now, more patience and not judging myself for not being as fast as I “should” be right now. And guess what? I get one of my new bikes on SUNDAY!!!!!! Pics to come!