Tuesday morning I had the opportunity to ride my bike before a doctor's appointment.
It wasn't yet windy, and it was a little warmer than it was on Friday. With those two advantages, my glove liners, my fleecy vest, and a better hat, (alas no hot tub), I set off. I only had about an hour so I couldn't go too far. And after that ice patch I hit Friday I was a bit nervous of all the frozen piles of leaves and black-ice looking spots on the path, so I only made it about 12.5 miles.
There is a stretch of trail that I know my Dad used to ride when he visited Denver. It's the part of the Cherry Creek bike path that starts to head east towards the Reservoir. I haven't made it up and around the Reservoir yet, but I intend to. I feel kind of like I'm channeling Dad a bit on this stretch. Maybe at like, half his speed and intensity, but it's still cool to think of the connection.
One thing I was impressed with (in a sort of grossly fascinating kind of way) was the amount of snot that my head was able to produce in such a short time. I was convinced every time I blew it would be the last, but somehow there was always more. Like, an absurd amount. My water bottle bounced out of it's cage 1.25 miles into the ride, shooting off like a torpedo into the bushes never to be seen again. So I was certain I would maybe dehydrate enough to turn off this crazy nose faucet. Not so.
*Side note - I am still practicing how to successfully execute a "farmer's blow" on a bicycle. I'm fine when upright, but somehow being bent over throws me off. It's getting a little better - I more often avoid hitting myself with the snot than not, but occasionally still get a few nasty mistakes. Once it even blew up and covered my sunglasses. Not even sure how that happened, but it got me. I think this time I did hit my shoe once, but hey, practice will make perfect.*
I even have some fantastic prescription nose spray designed specifically to stop runny noses. In fact, I have been diagnosed with "exercise-induced rhinorrhea". Hilarious-sounding term for "my nose runs like crazy whenever I am outside doing anything active". This includes activities like: running, biking, walking, standing, driving my car, etc. Basically if it is cold and/or involves movement of some kind, my nose activates. The volume seems to be determined by how quickly I am moving and how cold it is. So on cold, fast moving bike rides - garden hose. It's disgusting. More than you wanted to know?
However, this particularly runny ride was apparently a head cold just waiting to kick my ass. I had a sore throat since riding on Friday, but ignored it with the help of my good friend Tylenol. It was just waiting for a couple nights of restless sleep and one more nice cold morning to tear me down. Which it did, sitting in my cube yesterday afternoon, slowly slumping further and further into my chair unable to breathe until I slugged myself home and onto my couch. Wah.
So, thank you, prescription rhinorrhea nose spray, NETI pot, 12-hour Extra-Moisturizing Afrin, Allegra, Tylenol (and close cousin Tylenol PM), anti-seizure meds, and Xanax for helping me sleep through the night (9.5 hours god save the queen) and feel almost human today.