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Old 01-16-08, 07:44 PM   #1
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Yeah I'm a pansy. But I'm allowed to be when I'm sick.

Okay so check it out. I've not ridden since November due to the Holidays and I've had bronchitis for like three weeks now.

I'm still sick and coughing and I'm VERY weak (my chest hurts and my muscles tired) but I HAD to ride.

So I call up my friend and she shows up on her XtraCycle, cooler and all. (she's so cute). Anyway, so here we are, I'm dressed in shorts and a sleeveless top. CLIPLESS SHOES. She's got herself all wrapped up nice and cuddly in cold weather clothing. (and a T-mobile race jersey) It's like 40 degrees out and windy as all hell. Oh I have to add that she is a health nut and in real good shape. Not a round shape like yours truly.

Anyway....

So I tell her to lead the way. She starts out normal, then starts to JAM on that dang thing, laughing, whipping it around like it was a bmx bike or something. I'm behind her in shock. I tried to yell at her that I can't ride like this when I have bronchitis and asthma. THEN...She goes off road!!

I'm thinking WTF! Here I am, all coughing and wheezing. But I CAN'T let no dang XtraCycle kick my butt on the dirt!! She's pedaling hard and climbing, taking singletrack. OMG why is she doing this to me???

"Harden the eff up" I say to myself. HARDEN THE EFF UP!!! GRRRR!!!!!!! (I think it's a roadie thing?) *shrugs*






Yep.

Siu saved herself.

I jammed up them climbs, trying to hide my coughs and gags wheezing and was still able to jump a little bit. I was flying around the corners, even started to slip a bit but I was doing just fine. I can't let no long bike embarrass me like this.

She was working real hard and I was surprised how she rode that thing (found out she only had it as a regular bike for only one month so she's mastered the handling of it six years now).

At the end when we were slowing down she said to me, "Dang, if you weren't sick, I bet you'd like to race around on that other bike you have, huh?" (she's referring to the skinny tire bike)

I just smiled at her.


Now I'm gonna go take another shot of my inhaler, go wheeze in the corner and hope that I don't go into a full asthma attack.

But it was worth it. If anything I had to prove it to myself. That I'm not gonna let this issue with my asthma and my lungs stop me.

That's right, everyone. I kicked the butt of an XtraCycle. And darn proud of it. *nods head*
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Old 01-16-08, 08:01 PM   #2
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Awesome story, only because i know what it's like to be sick and then come back and kick butttt... however are you really supposed to be outside in 40~ degree weather with bronchitis or Pneumonia?
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Old 01-16-08, 08:01 PM   #3
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Great that you "pulled through"....don't let it kill you anytime soon though.
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Old 01-16-08, 08:20 PM   #4
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Um, sistuh, "don't overdo it! Um. But you know that already, right?"

Please recover well. I want you to be well when I finally make it out to the Left Coast this year. Don't wanna have to ride with Jon by myself!
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Old 01-16-08, 08:24 PM   #5
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get some rest...if the bronchitis sets in, you'll be coughing for a while.
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Rest up Miss Siu!! Drink some warm tea or something!! Its great about your ride though! You rock!
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get some rest...if the bronchitis sets in, you'll be coughing for a while.
Welcome to the par-tay, rodri! Bronchitis has already been pronounced. But more than two weeks into it, mah sistuh, like anyone else, is hopin' beyond hope that it's goin' away, and so is ready to get back to livin' asap.

But, what he says, Siu, is correct. Get some rest after this very physical episode.

And, heh, good on ya, sistuh, for kickin' her ass! Will she ride road with us when I'm there? <curious and evil Vega look>
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...But more than two weeks into it, mah sistuh, like anyone else, is hopin' beyond hope that it's goin' away, and so is ready to get back to livin' asap.
thats what I meant...a family member of mine didn't get treated right away, let it linger, kept dealing with it...now he has a horrible cough all the time with a smashing 'chronic brochitis'.
just lookin out madame!


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mmkay, rodri, other thang ya need ta know is that mah sistuh has had this befo'. But, ah agree. Gotta watch out for settin' onese'f up for recurrence.
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And, heh, good on ya, sistuh, for kickin' her ass! Will she ride road with us when I'm there? <curious and evil Vega look>
Don't get too excited, guess who will be the only one carrying home all the Jack Daniels on her bike?
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Get well soon, Siu! I like your grit.
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Sistuh, I likes me yo' grit, too. But take yeh some kere of yuhse'f, mmkay?
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HTFU shouldn't be interpreted as "you should suffer some".

It is pullin' that grit out of yer toolbox when you need it. Just as you have done. ;-)
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Try some narcotic cough medicine. Always helps when I have breathing problems.
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But that's the scary thing! Siu, take care of yourself, seriously. Your lungs keep getting scarred, and by the time you get to be uh...older...you may not have a lot of excess lung capacity left. I've known a couple of people at work who retired on disability due to similar problems, and at least one of them now requires an oxygen tank wherever he goes .

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Oh don't scare me East Hill!

I just got 10 hours sleep. Not bad for someone who averages about 4 hours sleep, huh? I must have been wiped out.

Thanks for all of your comments and the care I feel coming from you all.

And don't worry, Vega. I'll be alright. I'm tough *hack, cough*
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Pansy is one thing. But asthma is nothing to fool with.
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I bet you could hock some incredible lugies Siu.
In all seriousness, I hope for your sake this hasn't made it worse.
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