I’m sick. I’ve been feeling pretty weird ever since I left California. When I got to Louisville I was pretty beat and had some issues with my left leg. It sort of felt like I had a bad sunburn on the front of my thigh and my butt. Plus, my butt muscle felt like I’d fallen on it and it was deeply bruised.
I was waking up feeling sick, a headache, a little dizzy, etc. I rode like shit both Saturday and Sunday and didn’t really recover. Driving back on Monday, my butt was so sore when I got home that I could hardly touch it. So, I’d thought I’d give it a couple days, but yesterday enough was enough. The pain was too severe and getting worse hourly.
So, I went to the doctor and he said I had shingles. He’s right, it seems. I don’t have a huge rash yet, but all the other symptoms fit exactly. I was on a downward slope, so I hope to stop that. I’m still thinking about driving up to Iowa for Jinglecross tonight, Saturday and Sunday. I haven’t figured it out exactly, but can’t see not going.
Riding on the road the past couple days, I’ve felt like shit. My lymph nodes in my crouch are huge. Maybe I should leave my bike at home? That would make me not race. I’m not sure standing around in the rain is good for shingles either. I’m really not sure what is good for shingles. Catherine and another guy both had shingles this past summer and it really didn’t seems to slow them down much. I’m not feeling very good though, so I might have to read up a little more on it. I’d never heard much about shingles and now it seems to be coming up everywhere, even in my body.
It is supposed to be dry tonight and then rain the whole weekend. I hate missing a muddy, technical race, which is what this venue will be. Mt. Krumpet, descending, is pretty treacherous when it is wet. The problem is the slog up to the top. It seems to be that way more than not nowadays.
At least I have some explanation why I was riding like crap in Louisville. Other than that, this is a minor disaster. This season, geez.