Managed to make it out today for a short (1-hour) bike ride with Mike. We had intended to do the full Portola Loop, but turned back early because it was starting to get dark.
I felt okay – slow, but better than I expected considering how long I’ve been off the bike. By the end of an hour, my back was starting to bother me, but other than that I could have gone on riding for an hour or two more, easily. No problems from my lungs – I still have that residual cough, but riding doesn’t seem to irritate it. Good news! That means I can go back to training without worrying about the bronchitis.
Tomorrow I’m going to the gym to lift weights and do some core exercises – have to rebuild after a good long time away. Hopefully it won’t be too hard.
AIDS Lifecycle leaves at the beginning of June, so I don’t have much time to train – only about four months, which is (just barely) enough. So I need to be pretty serious about my training from now on.
(If you just joined us, AIDS Lifecycle is a cycling fundraiser for AIDS services – we raise a minimum of $2500 for one of two AIDS charities, then bicycle from San Francisco to Los Angeles, 545 miles total, in just seven days – averaging just under 80 miles/day!)