Ahhh..the joys of daylight lasting longer. I started feeling so much better the past few days and it's been really nice. I'm tired of being cranky and whiny. It also helped that I dumped the "My Tweets" quilt into the basement for now. I LOVE the pattern. I just finally had to admit to myself that I've hated making it.
That has given me time to work on another project, the "Red December" appliqué quilt. I had already decided to back baste the quilt and had traced out the design on four pieces of fabric. I just hadn't back basted the other three panels. I figured it wouldn't take very long to back baste three other panels until I started. It's taken me a day and a half to get one done. My fingers are so sore they burn. I'll have to do the other two next week.
I got my bike out the other day and went for a ride with my son. I get about 3/4 of a mile out and I start gasping for air. I finally get enough to keep going and about five minutes later while going through the gravel roads, I'm dying for air again. I had to do this two more times and finally gave up on the hill. I ended up walking up, still having to stop for air. Even my son was worried.
Now I know I haven't ridden miles over the winter, but we went a total of about 4 miles and it nearly killed me.
I went out on my own the other day on the same route and was having the same problem. My heart rate seems okay, my legs are sore but aren't burning, but I'm out of air. I did go farther pushing myself to just deal with it and kept going for two more miles.
Only things I can come up with is a) I'm far more out of shape than I think or b) I might have exercised induced asthma. I spent last summer doing the same thing. Just dying for air, stopping to rest, go farther, gasp for air and keep going. Anything over about 10 mph was enough to leave by the side of the road for a few minutes while I could get air.
The other thing I don't get about cycling is how can you burn yourself out so fast energy wise. I can walk a few miles and be fine. A few miles on a bike and I'm wiped.
Next pay day I figure I'd better see a doc about exercised induced asthma.