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Here I Sit Broken Hearted…


June 2013

Here I sit broken hearted, tried to… Now you should know by now, that’s not how I (usually) roll.

I’m staring outside, the sun is shining, the temp is a perfect 71 with not even a hint of breeze or a cloud in the sky. Alas, the Tigers game is on and I am not blistering down the road on my trusty Trek 5200 with the advanced club guys… And I miss it.

I am sick. Not a little bit sick, I’m sick. My hair hurts – even the one’s I shaved this morning. I’m so stinkin’ sick my 5 o’clock shadow hurts. It hurts to breathe, to move, to sit still. I have a sore throat and another one at the top of my lungs from coughing so hard.

Still, I got 3/4’s of a very productive day in at the office. Working alone has its benefits when you’re ill – nobody to infect.

I am sitting here because I am part cocky and part stupid. Everyone knows you don’t kiss your spouse on the lips when she’s sick (with, you guessed it, a hacking, wheezing sore throat). I’m Bgddy though. I’m fit as an ox – heck my immune system does push-ups while it’s waiting for the next bug to eviscerate. My once fried liver does downward dogs. My pancreas? Planks. My heart? It’s so strong and sure, I can feel my pulse in my pinkie toe – without even touching it! I don’t get sick. I’m a cyclist. When I have dreams, I wake up with my legs pumping. I am HEALTHY.

Remember, cocky and a little bit stupid.

I had a most delectable Sloppy Joe (or two) for dinner this evening. It tasted like the organic Mac and Cheese, which humorously enough tasted like the four potato chips I ate – and the Gatorade I drank.

Sweet, now my big toe is cramping up.

Well, I suppose I needed a few days off anyway.



  1. I feel your pain – no sage advice though other than sleep as much as you can – best tonic I know of.

  2. elisariva says:

    Don’t you hate it when our mortality surfaces? Rest up and get well soon! Oh, and at least part of you is in to yoga … downward dog doing liver…

  3. Daniel Weise says:

    No real advice that hasn’t been given. Sorry to hear you are not well, but this too shall pass. 🙂

  4. Paige says:

    Feel better! Try not to get too grumpy. That’s what happens to me when I can’t get my miles done. 🙂

  5. Cherry says:

    Yikes, tough luck. speedy recovery!

  6. JustI says:

    Remember the whole point of ‘training’ or riding 42 miles and pushing your times/limits opens your immune system (body) to stress. That’s the whole reason for recovery; to become stronger, faster, and better than your last ride. If a ‘bug’ sneaks in and settles in before you recover…like a big kiss from your wife when she is sick, before your body recovers, it just opens you up for an invasion of energy sapping body snatchers. Drink lots of fluids, think positive thoughts and get plenty of rest. Same for your wife!

    • bgddyjim says:

      You have a very good point there – and the timeline supports your comment… Impressive. I was worn down on Saturday from my ride, by Monday I was sick. I’m going to pay more attention to that in the future. Thank you.

  7. cyardin says:

    Down for a 2 count but not out if you can recall your pancreas doing “planks”

  8. Just about to ask how you were doing and you already answered. I was thinking about you as I was pedaling in – absolutely gorgeous down here today. Anyway – I was thinking about how lonely it is when you’re sick – no matter what nice things people have to say you’re still the one that has to live it and survive.

    • bgddyjim says:

      Thanks man, I’m feeling much better today. Sore throat’s gone, coughing has slowed down considerably, body temp has stabilized… I think I’m good. Probably go out for an easy ride this afternoon to loosen everything up and sweat it out even more.

  9. Sandra says:

    Super speedy recovery, my friend! We will both be out there again soon. Dream of challenging rides and the wind in your hair (it won’t hurt later).

  10. Wishing you a speedy recovery! 🙂

  11. kruzmeister says:

    Hope you’re feel better and your insides return to Yoga class real soon Jim! 🙂

    • bgddyjim says:

      Thanks Simone. I’m close. I ended up taking yesterday off too – I was fine in the morning but later in the afternoon I was hit. Problem is I can’t sleep the same without my daily ride – it’s miserable (LOL).

  12. vardotrichic says:

    I hope you are feeling better!! As endurance athletes, there is nothing more miserable than a derailed train with you on it…

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