After 2.5 years of huge energy deficits, I almost don’t know what to do with myself when I actually have some energy left after a 9-hour day at work. In the past, I’d just come home, have a shower, fix dinner, eat and go to bed.
But today, I still felt good after coming home and having dinner. The westerly was only 15kph, the skies were clear and not smoky, and the next two days don’t look like they will be suitable weather-wise for riding. There’s still daylight left past 8.30pm.
So, of course, I jumped on the bike with the guys and did 28 kms return on a trip down to a river crossing. I am so pleased with myself 🙂
Now you may not remember, but Kermit rocks! His song, Rainbow Connection, was nominated for a Best Original Song Oscar in 1979. He was robbed that year. He has also starred in some videos. See below.
So Kermit wanted to rock today! While I was inflating the floaties, he went for a ride around the reserve to see if he could find some rocks for the challenge. Poor Verne, slow as any turtle, did his best to keep up on foot and take the photos.
Kermit heard that you had to climb the rock to qualify for the challenge.
He also decided to get a little tricky. He said he wondered if Greg could match “riding backwards uphill with no hands.” I said, “I don’t think he takes dares from frogs.” But here is some inspiration if you feel like getting tricky.
We did manage to get in a float, too. The guys are so happy I am firing on more cylinders now. They’ve been bored out of their little minds for some time now.
I love riding in the evenings. The roads are quiet. The sun angle is low. It is so peaceful. The busyness of the day is all gone and I imagine everyone at home relaxing on their lounges or around the dinner table as I ride by. It makes the day feel like it has order and continuity, even in a world with little of that anymore.
I like this ride over to the Everton area because of the big red gums scattered in the paddocks. Here are a few of my favs.
It’s late enough in the day to have a shadow companion – but still in the middle of summer, so the companion is pretty short and stocky instead of long and skinny. Or maybe it’s all the weight I’ve put back on!
We did get decent rain Sunday night and Monday. Mt Buffalo got 36mm which decreased fire activity and reduced the smoke. It’s still considered uncontained and active, but it is not causing any danger on this side at the moment. It was really nice to be able to see the mountain again today, and actually be able to see some detail on it instead of just an outline.
And so things are looking better, for the fire situation and for my health. I went back to the doctor yesterday. He says I need to do two more rounds of antibiotics in February to make sure my body has well and truly kicked out the bartonella.
BUT… drum roll…
he says after that I can start working to regain fitness again!!!! Yippeee!!!!! Originally he said another 9-12 months of rest. But he is very pleased with my body’s response to the antibiotics. He also upgraded my prognosis to FULL RECOVERY!!!!! He had previously said 85%.
He says he sees no reason that, within a couple years, I can’t get back to the capacity I had before West Nile wiped me out and then bartonella came along for the ride. I will forever have to be careful, as once you have ME/CFS, you can always relapse… but he said I should be able to do everything I did before. Below is Kermit’s reaction to the news: