I've been absent from these forums for about half a year now. I met my first (I'm sure it won't be my last) physical challenge that kept me off the bike for much longer than I want. I was finally diagnosed with Iliotibial Band Syndrome. It was virtually impossible to ride. Climbing stairs was quite painful, and walking more than 100 yards was a challenge. I was so down about this sudden change in ability, that I couldn't even think about bikes or anything to do with them. As those around me said, I was in a funk. Today, however, was the first day where I rode without any pain. I'm eager for tomorrow morning to see if I'm pain free. (I really think I will be.). And, I'm feeling like there is hope for cycling again. For those who have recovered from much more serious conditions to continue riding, you have my admiration and respect.