#63 & #64

Wednesday and Thursday was back to the commute routine. Plodding through the cool morning air, I was irritated by the irony of finding 10°C mild about 4 months ago. This week it was just felt bloody cold.

In the mornings, there are signs that summer is slowly fading. The late rising sun, hedgerows casting long shadows across the roads, ploughed fields and the smell of fresh manure engulfing my nostrils…

Another sign of the seasonal transition is the long sleeves in the morning and the short sleeves for the evenings. We’re enjoying a slow moving anticyclone so the rides home were longer out of choice and summery. Nice.

I was on my way home along a busy road when asked by a driver of an escort vehicle leading a tractor and plough to pull over until they passed. Bloody cheek! But I complied, even if they were going significantly slower than me. In the end, I enjoyed the slower pace, safe in the knowledge that I wouldn’t get the blame for holding everyone up. I ended up “drafting” a Ford Mustang for 3 miles in the warm evening air while I took in the country views.

I love a Mustang but would prefer a fire engine red colour instead or a vintage model

While I didn’t ride this morning, I am glad that I didn’t. I woke up with a pain under my left shoulder blade that felt like a red hot knife had been twisted inside it which wouldn’t come out. It was when I felt a tingling in my left arm that I went to the ED to be seen and get stronger pain killers than the ibuprofen that I popped earlier. A box of Naproxen, co-codamol and an ECG later, I was sent home with orders of bed rest and to be patient.

Heart rate of 51. Not bad for a 51 yr old. At least I have a clean bill of cardiac health

So now I’m trying to figure out what I did to end up debilitated and feeling disabled like this. Given the forecast of sunny, warm and dry weather for the next week, I really hope that I don’t have to be patient for too long. At least there will be live Test cricket on the TV from England, the Carribbean and Sri Lanka to keep me company to keep me company for a while…

About biking2work

Sometimes bad tempered Dad to 2 sons who break things. Use the 2 wheels to get from A to B when I can
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4 Responses to #63 & #64

  1. capejohn says:

    All the best for your recovery. Nothing better than co-codamal and cricket to ease the pain.

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