||[Oct. 11th, 2016|08:57 pm]
sprockets, sockets, grommets & gaskets
I caught a cold roughly halfway through the Japan trip, which meant I had one fevery day that's pretty vague in my memory and spent much of the rest of the trip trying to be polite. (no nose-blowing where anyone can hear.) But I'm totally on the mend. Even on the way back I was down to just coughing a little. However, I'm still feeling a bit off, and that's exacerbated by fairly serious insomnia problems. I fall asleep immmediately, but I wake up at 5 AM and then stare at the wall for three hours, and this has been going on for two months. When I'm riding my bike a lot, for whatever reason I can function pretty well on reduced sleep, so that hasn't been too much of a problem. But today at work I was yawning every five seconds and fell asleep at my desk. I figured the lunchtime ride would make me wake up, even though I was feeling rather lousy. We went out for 40km or so, and I did okay for the first half, but by the second half, which involves a lot of hill-climbs, my legs felt empty, and my joints all hurt, and I was increasingly feeling dizzy, so I dropped off on the second to last climb and rode the rest of the way at 30km/h rather than the 38km/h the rest of the group had been maintaining.|
When I got off my bike, my legs wouldn't support me. I ended up sitting down for about ten minutes, and then very slowly walking to my office, with my hand on the wall so I could stand upright. I noticed that if I turned my head or moved my eyes the whole room spun. That's not a normal reaction to a hard ride. In a few minutes I was feeling so dizzy I was seriously considering whether I was safe to drive, so I bailed from work early and drove very slowly home on back roads. Collapsed into bed in some state between conscious and sleeping, and stayed there for three hours. I suspect I managed to pick up another virus, and man it is messing with me.