Easter Sunday, 4/16 - Have been down with influenza over the last couple of weeks. Still coughing an awful lot, but strength is slowly seeping back, and the weather is so lovely today I simply must take a ride. (Have taken a couple of short walks in the last week, and they've completely knocked me out. Will be interesting to see what happens when I ride.) It's sunny and warm, first shorts-weather ride of the year. Find when I get on the open road that the wind is rather fierce - 15-25 and gusting - but I start with a tailwind and hope to be well warmed up before turning back into the wind. Leaves are out everywhere and the frogs have begun to sing in the many ponds that appeared after the rain. See lots of new leaves and catkins, blossoming hardwoods, and mysterious cone-like objects on some pussy-willow-covered shrubs - feel I ought to know what the things are but flu brain is obscuring clear thought. Hoping for some wildflowers today but nothing has come up yet - maybe next week. The wind is a beast on the way home but I'm taking things very easy and am content to ride slowly. The cough stays away while I'm riding, but the minute I get off the bike it comes roaring back. Go figure. Better than the other way around, I guess.
P.S. Was fine after the ride but paid for it the next day - felt like I'd gone a hundred miles. Flu sucks.
February 2017 - The weather has been slowly warming up, culminating in a weekend of high-50s temps. Even the slackest of hobby cyclists can't resist the chance of a comfortable February ride in Wisconsin, so I'm going to grasp the bike by the handlebars and take full advantage of the weather. And to keep the momentum going, I'm starting this diary RIGHT AWAY.
Here's to good mileage and safe roads in 2017!