Last October I found myself in anaphylaxis from a new-to-me allergy to wintergreen oil. After surviving that (thanks, ER docs!) my asthma & lungs were seriously messed up. I think I managed 4 rides in Nov & Dec of 2009. So, feeling somewhat better this January I finally found a pair of bike shoes that fit my wide clown feet (Northwave Raptors) and ordered a set of Look Quartz pedals.
Now I've been taken down by a bacterial bronchitis and am back in asthma hell...antibiotics, prednisone, and a stack of inhalers is treating it but I think it'll be at least a month before I can entertain any serious attempts at riding.
However, taking a page from Baron Von Trail's weightloss after breaking some bones, I'm calorie counting, will be doing some easy walking, and am attempting to shed some weight during the rest of this layoff.