Happy New Year to everyone. I am thankful for being granted the privilege of seeing another years birth. I've got to lose some weight, not because of a new years resolution but because I stepped on the scales two days ago and said "holy crap!" As someone who never really thought much about the future, I'm also someone who doesn't look back. There have been several changes in my life over the past 15 years but none have impacted my life the way that RA has. I always saw myself still being able to run, ride a bicycle and yes ... racing motorcycles in the super senior class at this age.
I am looking forward to 2014 with great optimism. For me, 2013 wasn't that good. I was dealing with a very long flare up that lasted a good part of the year. It impacted my work, household jobs and yes ... even riding. The last 4 months of 2013 I did the best I could to make up for seat time on my bike but then I was sick the entire month of December. This month long sick marathon was due partly to the mutated, nuclear strain of cold/sinus/ear infection I had, and partly due to my depleted immune system from the RA drugs I take. I went off of my chemo and biologic while on antibiotics and soon my hands were swelling and hurting followed by my hips, knees and ankles. I am back on my RA meds and with the exception of this pesky cough, completely over it.
I have been considering a set of medical dog tags to wear in case of emergency. I know that riding a motorcycle in and outside of town, I am more at risk to be laying on the side of the road somewhere than most of you, but have any of you considered them, or have them?
I will leave you with some photos of a ride I did this past summer. I stopped by a small lake a few miles from where I live. I ride by and stop to relax every once in a while. It is a peaceful lake that almost always has a nice breeze blowing across the water and plenty of empty benches to sit on.
|I have never seen this sign before ... on new, smooth pavement no less!|
|Use to race (enduro's) by one of these on Tinker AFB at OKC.|