Antibiotic Free

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Yesterday I took the last pill of the antibiotics I have been taking for the past 10 days.  I am surprised.  Normally, I bail on taking pills as soon as I feel better.  I know that is against all physicians normal protocol, but I grew up in pre-finishing-all-antibiotics instructions, so I am grandfathered in.

I have been pretty flat, but yesterday I felt better.  It is weird, because I’ve had a sore throat since the criterium nationals on Sunday and thought it was going to get worse.  I couldn’t understand how I could be getting a sore throat when I was taking antibiotics.  Normally, if I get a bad sore throat, it is strep throat.  Guess not this time.

I started out riding yesterday with Karl.  We were going to ride MTB’s over to Telemark, then ride the Danky Dank trail that now connects to Rock Lake.  It was going to be around 2 1/2 hours I thought.

And it was.  I started feeling better after about an hour. Funny how that goes.  I think I’m going to have to ride a couple hours before cross races this fall.  I have historically refused to warm up on a trainer, but that is always changeable.   The weather was in the mid 80’s and sticky.  The trail is super cool and a joy to ride.

I’m riding my “new” Eriksen dual suspension bike.  It is 650b and I like that wheel size for dual suspension.  I’m not sure I wouldn’t like a 29’r, but this bike really rolls bumpy still great.

Anyway, Karl twisted his ankle and was limping back.  We all went down to the lake to swim.  After swimming, I decided to go back out and ride again.  So I rode over to Boedeker and rode the Seeley Pass Trail back towards the North End Trailhead.  About half way back it started raining.  It was refreshing riding through the woods in the rain.  It wasn’t cold, so the rain felt great.

Anyway, I still have a mild sore throat, but it is better than yesterday.  I’m cautiously optomistic that I’m starting to come around.  I looked at Strava and was riding pretty fast yesterday compared to the last few years being up here.

There is a race in Clear Lake Iowa this weekend.  It is another Flyover Series Event, which means a good field and great promotion.  It is called Bicycle Blues & Barbeque.  Can’t beat that. Tom Zirbel from Rally is racing.  He is from up there, so he always makes the effort to come home and support the local event, which is super cool.   I hope to finally be able to participate in a race and not just follow wheels.

On another note, Tucker has turned into a swimming fool.  Last time up here, just a month ago, Tucker barely got into the water.  Now I can’t get him out of the lake.  He loves chasing dragonflies that are flying low along the water.  He is more of a bug/butterfly dog than a bird dog at this point.  It is super fun swimming having him swim along with me.  I’m doing two-a-days now at the lake.

Pill bottom in the trash. I just I get along, just okay, with amoxicillin.

Pill bottom in the trash. I just I get along, just okay, with amoxicillin.

I stopped by the Rivers Eatery but it was swamped.

I stopped by the Rivers Eatery but it was swamped.

Dennis, Trudi, Hawk and Tucker way out there.

Dennis, Trudi, Hawk and Tucker way out there.

Dennis paddling in with Tucker.

Dennis paddling in with Tucker.

Swimming dog.

Swimming dog.

10 thoughts on “Antibiotic Free

  1. The Cyclist

    Ok, now I know why we have this escalating global problem with multiresistant bacteria. In 10 years time we will be dying from infections at the same rate as ppl used to some 100 years ago. Every crash where there’s been damage to the skin will be a potential death threat. Good work. Thank you!

     
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    1. Ben

      As a point of ‘fact; anti-biotic resistance has much more to do with agriculture, particulay American style aviculture (chickens) (e.g. ‘Southern’ model’ and cattle production. … but thank you for playing.

       
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    2. AKBen

      Are you being critical of Steve not completing his antibiotic regime, or of him taking antibiotics in the first place? If the former, then I tend to agree. If the latter, wtf?

       
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  2. Mike Rodose

    Nice to see you riding well and healthy Steve! Your nationals performance was a fine showing and should give you confidence.

    Tucker is a proper hound – all swimmy and going after flying critters.

     
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