I have been feeling a bit strange recently. Last year the remedy for such a feeling would be to find a stash of junk food and recline in front of the TV until the problem went away, or the calendar needed changing – whichever came first (or second depending on my mood). But this is the new improved me, so I got dressed to go for a bike ride. That was a little over 4 hours ago. I remember sweating and panting and coming back into the house about 3 hours ago.
To the untrained that probably sounds like I went for a bike ride. That’s what I thought too, but all my indicators are in conflict. Here are some observations since returning home:
1. My legs feel like I walked out to the mailbox, not rode for 75 minutes.
2. My heart rate monitor says I had a lazy cruise.
3. My bike computer says my average speed belongs to someone else, most likely a bike rider.
4. My belt won’t co-operate in keeping my pants up.
5. My blogging heart rate is under 60bpm.
6. When I slouch forward at the computer my gut doesn’t restrict the movement of my diaphragm.
7. My third chin has gone AWOL.
8. No matter how hard I press my chin to my chest, my second chin can’t crush my larynx like it did late last year.
9. The scales are registering unfamiliar roman numerals.
10. And to quote Mr Willard Smith the third, “I got my swagga back”
I called my doctor to get clarification on this group of symptoms and apparently what I’m experiencing is resurgent health syndrome. WOW! This is the first time in my life that I’ve had a syndrome that didn’t need medication and time off work.
I’ve just had 2 days off the bike due to my wife’s exam schedule but got back on it today. I probably needed the rest after putting in 76 miles over the weekend. I’m not going to tell you what I saw on the scales this morning – you can wait until Sunday. Needless to say the metabolism benefits just as much as the legs from a little rest after a tough of couple of days.