June, 2008

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Jun 08

An interesting week

Last week was a varied one. Last weekend (Sat 14th), I headed up to the Angus Glens for my first proper mountain bike ride this year. I’ve been plauged this spring by some niggly injuries (hip and knee) that have been so frustrating and have stopped me running and cycling. Last Saturday was great though – I squeezed in 31km in the southern Cairngorms (Glen Doll to Loch Muick, up to Dubh Loch and back over Capel Mounth) with plenty of physical singletrack and some pushing thrown in. That was a little more like it and fired me up for some solid riding for the rest of the season.

Then on the 19th Sarah and I got the keys to our excellent new flat. It’s right in the middle of town and we love it to bits – woohoo! Dealing with the bank and all the associated crap that goes with buying a house was rubbish, but the end result was worth it. The next day I went to the doctors to ask about the rash that had appeared on my armpit and chest during the week and was diagnosed with shingles. Fuck. It didn’t stop me moving our stuff in the next day (massive thanks to all our friends who helped out – you made life much easier), but that evening I suddenly felt pretty crap. It was really sore, hot, itchy and stingy and I felt wasted. Yuck!

A couple of days on and the pain has subsided a fair bit – I’m even sleeping pretty well. My rashes are blistering and it’s as itchy as it is sore now, but the worst part is the weakness – I’m shattered all the time! From what I’ve read been reading, this can last for quite a while and is what worries me the most. Bleh – surely after this I can get mountain biking done?