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.
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*
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*