As noted in passing in the previous post, I try to ride my bike to and from work when the weather is nice enough. In a good week, I might get three bike rides a week in, which is a little extra exercise, and that much more gas I don’t have to buy.
The major drawback of this plan, other than the fact that I look like a dork in a bike helmet, is that at this time of the year, riding my bike in to work has me basically seining pollen from the air like a baleen whale. I’m taking Allegra anyway, which controls the symptoms, but my allergies have definitely kicked up more since the flowering tree season has arrived, and I can feel the difference when I bike in.
Worse yet, it’s not just my respiratory system. I also wear contact lenses (rigid gas permeable), and the last few days, I’ve been arriving home and having to stumble blindly up the stairs to remove giant rocks from my contacts. Every goddamn bit of pollen, dust, and grit in the air between here and campus seems to find its way into my eyes.
I might have to buy myself some of those ludicrous wrap-around bike-rider shades, or something that will do a better job of keeping crap out of my eyes than the $10 shades I got at CVS some time back. If that will even help– suggestions are welcome. Especially suggestions that won’t lead to me looking like more of a dork than I already do riding the bike…
Sort of a moot point at the moment, though, as they’re forecasting rain for most of the next week, and then I’m off to DAMOP.