Bike Journal: Trying to Ride Away The Pain

Looks like some religious movie, huh.

Okay, it’s not really pain per se. But last night I came home from work and wasn’t feeling all that well. Kind of nauseous, a little stomach ache, and just a hint of the chills.  I stayed up and watched The Leftovers on HBO, and when I came to bed after midnight, I thought I was gonna hurl.  Now, I have a pretty strong stomach, so for my body to want to purge is fairly rare. Sorry for the TMI, but it’s leading somewhere — well, I hope so.

This morning, I woke up and still felt unwell, but decided the best way to treat what was ailing me was to take a bike ride. Now, it’s a hot day today (103 was the high), so that meant it was around 83 when I set out this morning around 9 o’clock.  No wind (which is nice), but I could feel the heat. I kept hydrated on my ride, and was generally going at a good pace (averaging on the flat about 18-19 mph). It was a shortish ride up to Castle Rock Park and back (which, I think is about 12 miles total). I felt okay going up and most of the way back. But by the time I got to the Treat Blvd. bridge near our house, the pain and nausea started to creep back in. Yuck. When I got home, I was kind of overheated and feeling gross, but I made myself eat some food to see if that would settle my stomach.  Not much. By the time I left for work, I thought, “I’m not gonna make it through the day.” Then I remembered that if you drink a Coke (as in Coca-Cola, not that southern thing where a Coke means any kind of soft drink), it’ll settle your stomach. When I got to work, I plunked down my $1.08 for a Coke and a smile.  Did it work?  It took about an hour, but I did start to feel better.  The pain went away, but I didn’t have any appetite until 3:30 pm when I made myself eat.  Now? I feel okay, but still not 100%.  So thanks Coca-Cola! You helped ease away the sickness.

Tomorrow, I’m planning on another ride, but it’ll be another easy one because to push the limits means I could be back in a bad way — and who wants that?

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