In January I started feeling funky. So I took a home test which confirmed an outside suspicion that I might have a "parasite". I made an appointment with a doctor who also confirmed the diagnosis. Chris and I had talked and decided that we would let the parasite grow for a period of time--usually nine months or so--at which time it usually extracts itself. I continued to ride as much as I felt I could. The "parasite" continued to grow making me slower and slower. Eventually, we (mostly Chris) decided that it would be best to no longer ride on dirt and stick to paved paths. This likely decreased my potential frustration with being less able to climb.
|Notice the bulging parasite filled belly|
I read up on ways to minimize issues on parasite removal like adequate exercise, proper nutrition, etc, etc. Based on these steps, I really thought it would go much more smoothly. I cannot necessarily say these steps were taken in vain, but they did not have the impact I had hoped. None the less, maybe without taking such measures, the extraction process would have been even more difficult. Because of the extraction process and the accompanying difficulties, it is strongly advised that I take several weeks off of the bike. At this time, I have no interest in sitting on the saddle. I have been up for walks and light hikes though.
On a side note, have you met Maya? She will likely be accompanying Chris and me at races and other outings in the future.