As I write this, I’ve been unable to ride for nearly two weeks. My last substantial ride was the 6 Pillars Century in Cambridge Maryland last week. It was a great ride, despite what I would describe as a lack of good preparation. It’s amazing what you can accomplish when your mind is in trim. Having done that, the following Tuesday I went in for surgery on my deviated septum.
In the end, I had my sinuses opened, my septum straightened, and a benign blockage removed. Breathing hasn’t been my strong suit for years. Despite the pain, as soon as the swelling started to go down, I began to breathe better. I sleep better. I’m sure that as soon as I’m cleared to cycle again, and I regain some of the form I’ve lost, I’ll cycle better as a result.
I’ve been dealing with my poor airflow for a long time, and I didn’t have to. I made a decision for my quality of life. Even though I’m not nearly healed yet, I already feel better. I can tell the difference, and I’m told that things will only get better still. If you have to make a choice that can improve your quality of life, it’s certainly worth doing.
It’s the only life you get. Do what you can to make the most of it.