I've been battling an acute case of bronchitis the last two weeks. Did go to see the family physician and he says, just rest and let it run its course. For a while I was running a fever and got winded walking up two flights of stairs. So, riding has been out of the question. Well, yesterday I was feeling pretty good, the sun was shining, and it was actually above freezing. So, I thought I'd take just a short easy spin along the flat bike path for 8 to 10 miles - nothing strenuous - just needed to get out. What a mistake. About six miles into the ride I get a coughing attack that comes on so sudden and with such force that I actually get light headed, lose my balance and collapse along the side of the path. Fortunately, the bike didn't get more than scuffed up tape on the handle bars and I only got a few small bruises. My ego probably suffered more than anything else. I felt like such a fool. I guess it will be yet a few more days before I can get back on the roads. How do you all judge when you're "well" enough to get back on the bike? It seems when I was younger a bout of bronchitis would never have lasted this long.