So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.
My health continues to improve, but I am not taking the ability to breathe freely for granted. I have expanded the symptoms list by one more, adding hacking cough. It sometimes gets bad, especially when I go to bed, so my dream of sleeping horizontally remains unfulfilled. I have faith, though. Some night I will sleep normally again.
I am well enough to ride again, and Tuesday morning it happened: Instead of feeling the comfortable grippy feeling of rubber on asphalt, I felt that distinctive ohmygoshI’mgonnafallatanysecond feeling of smooth rubber on ice. This spurred me to leave my bike overnight at Landry’s for its long overdue new-bike one-month free tune up. Winter is a great time to get work done on bikes, by the way. They sit around just waiting for work, so you get jobs done in a snap. Anyway, during the tune-up they also winterized the bike, which in the case of a titanium bike simply means this:
That’s right. Studded tires. Actually they also had to do some finagling with the fenders to fit the extra tire fatness. So now it can snow all it wants. I’m ready… to get a ride in with my coworker! I have arranged for a coworker who passes by our apartment to pick me up on really snowy days so I can get to work in a reasonable time. Last winter it could take up to two hours for me to travel the 13.25 miles to work when I rode in the snow. Plus, although I ride all winter, that doesn’t mean I enjoy icy or snowy conditions; I fear and hate snow and ice, but I don’t let that stop me. At least, it won’t stop me until I fall and break a limb. Never give up! Never surrender!