Time slips away. It silently rolls on while we’re sleeping. It ticks by slowly in the hours at work. It jumps forward an hour in spring. And so, it feels like just yesterday that we were riding through the canola at the end of August. And now, we’re already into the second week of October and daylight savings has made the days seem longer.
Of course, my goal for September was not to ride at all. Even the gentlest of my rides between March and August were too much for my body. So the plan was to just relax in September and not push myself at all – which is extremely hard for someone like me. But that is what I did.
I visited family in America in September for three weeks. We took it really easy and my mom tried to speed up my recovery with love and water kefir. It must have worked at least a little, and maybe a lot, because the recovery from the big relapse in July continued in leaps and bounds.
Once I got back to Oz, I started a strict anti-inflammatory diet. I started a new probiotic. I kept my rides short and gentle. And I am feeling the best I’ve felt since last December. The brain fog is mostly gone except when I’m tired. The hip pain has significantly receded. The muscle pain is no longer constant. It recovers more quickly than before. I sleep through the whole night. I’m not having night sweats. I wake up feeling tired but not deathly. So we’ll continue this regime for the coming months.
Sorry if you’re here for big mountain adventures. I wish I was doing those – like you wouldn’t believe. However, it’s going to be mundane for some time to come.
Getting well after West Nile virus has easily surpassed Trail Ridge Road or Bear Tooth Pass for the hardest climb I’ve ever done. It’s a climb of a different sort, but it’s taken way more mental, physical and emotional endurance and stamina than any riding I’ve ever done. I still can’t see the top of this mountain, but I think I’ve finally cleared the switchbacks. See below for a couple short and gentle rides taken on 7 and 8 October after our return to Oz.