Good news: I got a job! Not one of the desultory part-time low wage McJobs I've had to settle for in this grim economy, but a position, admittedly only on a temp/contract basis, in my field that pays actual money. Starts beginning of May. Hence, more money for bike stuff.
Believe me, I'd about given up on ever working in the field (Instructional Design) again.
Bad news: it'll be a 40 mile (each way) cross town commute. Hence, less time for bike rides, especially the weeknight club rides that make up so much of my time on the bike.
What I might do is take the bike there 2 or 3 days a week, and instead of fighting the evening rush hour traffic, do an hour or so on the bike before heading home. There is a nice parkway nearby.
There's also a Wed. night club ride near there, a pretty fast one. Whether I'll want to ride hammer and tongs for 2+ hours after a day at work, and not get home till around 10pm -- we shall see.
On another note: pleased to report that my semi-regular Tour de Trainer stages w/heart monitor seem to have paid off in spite of slacking lately. Did a 25+ mile club ride at a brisk pace on my fixie last night. Did not get dropped. And could still walk today!
Ibuprofen helped, no doubt.