After being sick for a week (with, I presume, the flu; the worst aspect of it was a rippin' sore throat that had me ready to say uncle), I thought it was about time to get better. Because, if you've been sick for a while and you're not getting better, then sometimes that other thing happens, and I still have stuff I want to do.
On Saturday I felt enough better to go for a short walk, well bundled up, and that did not send me back to bed in chills, so then on Sunday I went out and tried skiing, at the pace of a falling piece of down feather.
Partly I wanted to check out the Sunday scene at Happy Jack, but partly I wanted to run an independent check to make sure I wasn't fooling myself. I figured that if I stopped and said hi to a couple of different people I know and they reacted in a way that made it clear I looked like warmed over death, then that would be a good indicator.
The Sunday scene turned out to be very busy but I arrived just as some cars were leaving, so I was able to squeeze into the parking lot. Many cars were parked along the highway, so I was happy for that.
I got my skis on, headed out, and almost at once ran into Racer X8A7. He was finishing up for the day, so I skied along with him back to the parking lot, and then left him there and headed back out. Since he didn't attempt to tackle me and insist on taking me straight to the ER, I estimated that I was, as I suspected, doing better, and skied for an hour and a half before deciding that was enough--no sense in overdoing it the first day back out, and *then* ending up back in bed.
Today I skied about the same amount, and then ran some on snow trails, all at an easy effort. I'm not 100%, but feel like I'm somewhere in the 90s and improving.
The whole experience was a good reminder of how much it sucks to be sick, and how truly important it is for a host of reasons and how it just plain feels so good to be healthy and fit.
I always think as I feel something coming on, that if I get sick, then at least it will be a chance to catch up on various indoor things. But of course the reality is, when you get sick, you might be able to think of various things you're going to do, but you never get around to actually doing any of them because of course you're sick.