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Recovering from illness and starting to train for ride

Monday, January 28, 2013

Yesterday, I blogged about some of the preparations for our upcoming self-supported bicycle tour. What I didn't blog about is how sick I have been this winter. I had the flu in early November which took almost a month to get my strength back. About two weeks ago, my husband and I got a terrible cough which for me spiraled out of control with asthma. I went to the doctor last Wednesday and with more asthma meds have been able to get my asthma back under control. We still both sound like patients on a TB ward, but at least I can breathe and I know I'm improving. I was able to take a short walk outside yesterday for the first time in a couple weeks.

Now that I know I'm on the mend, it's time to start gradually building up my strength for our bicycle tour that begins this summer. I tracked my steps yesterday on my pedometer. It was only a little over 3,000 steps, but trust me, that was more than I have been able to do for the last couple weeks. Today, I plan to take another walk and go at least a block further than I went yesterday. If that feels okay, I may go a little further. The plan is to gradually build back my strength.

We probably won't be riding outside until early March due to the weather, but I can work on building up my recumbent bicycle legs indoors on a recumbent trainer at the fitness center in my condo complex between now and then.

I also have a lot of financial details to work out between now and the time we leave on our tour. With my husband retiring, I need to figure out if it makes sense for me to stay on his health insurance though his pension plan or do something else. I also have a lot of paperwork related to our moving permanently to Tennesse from Illinois in June. There's a lot to be done on that front to help make the move go smoothly and get things in place so that we can be on the road for an extended period.

My goal today and for each workday is to work in our home office for at least one hour. I know that if I do that, things will get accomplished. I've gotten to where I hate paperwork, but if I just deal with it.....it will get done!

Wish me luck!
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TIME2BLOOM4ME 1/29/2013 11:18PM

    emoticon I went into a pet store coughing a few years ago grumbling how hard it was to get rid of the avian flu. The store owner turned pale and got kind of freaked out.

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BILL60 1/29/2013 6:08AM

    Glad you're over the "crud".

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RCWESTERVELT 1/28/2013 11:12PM

    Glad you are starting to feel better. Don't try to do too much too soon. I've been lucky to stay healthy so far this year. I've been hitting the gym four or five days a week and feel that this is responsible in part for keeping me going.

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LSDALOIA 1/28/2013 10:38PM

    Kay thanks for stopping by my blog. Looks like we were both sick at the same time. I could join your TB chorus of coughing!

I quit my job back in September. The pay wasn't great while my pain was terrible. I also realized that since the EVP didn't have any women reporting to him that my future was limited. I have a great disability policy and am actually coming out a little ahead financially. I miss work to some degree, but I'm spending a lot of time helping job seekers with their searches. I'm also starting a consulting company and hope to be out of corporate permanently.

As for that shoulder, thanks for updating me on your progress. I know it's going to be about a year or so to recover (which made the decision to go on disability a lot easier). I don't want to have another operation and hope that it'll get better with time and PT.

I did two bike trips to Nova Scotia/PEI when I was a teenager and loved them! You're in great shape and I'm sure you'll have a blast! Just pack lightly....:)

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FLORIDASUN 1/28/2013 7:24PM

    Hey there...sooooo sorry I've been so swamped with the consignment gallery I've barely had time to breathe...let alone spark.

It's the PITS being sick..we had quite a bout after returning back to FL from the icy tundra in Iowa...and I didn't even ENJOY the family we gave up work time and sun time for! emoticon emoticon I was happy to see my daughter...so the trip accomplished something.

But the hacking and coughing flu germs that rode with us on the plane was exasperating to say the least!

Glad you are on the mend! The bike trip and the move are SUPER exciting TN is sooo beautiful.

Just keep plugging away at the paperwork...I HATE it too...but once I settle in and get going it's actually fairly enjoyable...well...fairly! emoticon

emoticon Hugs!

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SUNNYWBL 1/28/2013 5:12PM

    Sure glad that you are on the mend!

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FIT4MEIN2013 1/28/2013 1:00PM

    How fun! (The bike ride, not the respiratory problems!) Make sure you take us all along vicariously! emoticon

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 1/28/2013 10:23AM

    I'm glad you are feeling better. So many of my friends were sick this winter.

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CINDHOLM 1/28/2013 10:10AM

    Glad you are getting better, take care of yourself and I am sure things will get taken care of.. emoticon

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SHRINK71 1/28/2013 9:39AM

    Glad you are on the mend and starting to train. Good luck with all those decisions!

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TRILLIUM22 1/28/2013 9:32AM

    That bike trip sounds like a great motivator to get your fitness back. I had the flu just before Christmas and am amazed at how hard it has been to get back on track. You are doing great.

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/28/2013 8:43AM

    This bike trip will be amazing, I can feel it. What fun!

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