Saturday, February 9, 2008

how the other half lives

I've been down for the count all week, suffering from a serious bout of the flu. my 102+ fever finally broke and today is the first day since Monday that I've put clothes on and ventured out of the house. my adventure was pretty simple -- groceries at the store next to my condo complex -- but on the walk I was able to soak in some fabulous sunshine and observe how the rest of the world (ie those who don't ride bikes) spend a sunny Saturday morning. you see, for the better part of the last decade, I've ridden my bike every weekend day, rain or shine, year-round. I think I've forgotten how the other half lives.

but as I was contemplating this, I realized I wouldn't trade my past decade for anything in the world. I've met my best friends riding my bike. I've travelled on my best vacations to exotic countries riding my bike. I've had fabulous romances riding my bike. I've seen parts of California I'd never see if I hadn't been riding my bike. I've challenged myself in ways unimaginable, riding my bike. and I've done all this as a healthier, happier person.

so, instead of stressing about being sick and losing a week or more on the bike, I'll sit on my patio, enjoy the sunshine, and reflect on what a wonderful life I've got.....riding my bike!

10 comments:

TreBone said...

Hope you feel better soon!!!

chatterbox said...

We missed you out there today! But, we had fun, nonetheless. It was the best cycling day I can remember in a long time, weather-wise!

Chris said...

Velogirl - I wish you the best. The flu is icky.

velogirl said...

thanks, everybody, for your well-wishes. yes, flu is very icky. I'm up & about a bit but still super-tired and with a congested chest. at least my nose isn't running -- now that's really icky!

Ippoc Amic said...

hope you are feeling better...

Kimberly (aka. DrKim) said...

sorry to hear you were sick. I had the flu, too, and it took me out good! Feel better soon...

lauren said...

time for a new post.

velogirl said...

thanks again, everyone, for your well-wishes. I would love to write a new post but I've been up & down, sick & not for almost three weeks now and my creative juices just aren't flowing.

blech!

Emily said...

Sorry to hear you've been down with the flu. It's going around; even my dog walker has it.

Drink lots of fluids and rest, rest, rest and you'll be up and on your bike in no time.

Feel better soon!

Sweet Cheeks said...

hmmmm...i think it's time for an "It's a Wonderful Life" type episode. What would the world be like without Lorri on her bike?

I, for none, would be forever ignorant of my true max HR...