So far

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1,185 km in 2018 so far. 

These gloves were a Christmas gift from my wife & kids. Putting some wear on ‘em. 

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#bikeTO #cyclinglife

An Asthmatic Cyclist

 My trusty Jamis mountain bike. 

My trusty Jamis mountain bike. 

 

A little over a year ago, my lifelong asthma was diagnosed as eosinophilic asthma — something about 5% of asthmatics have. 

Basically, my body produces too many eosinophilic white blood cells, which are great at fighting parasites like ringworm, and for causing bronchiole constriction. 

After a simple blood test and some insurance wrangling, I now receive a one-a-month injection of mepoluzimab, trade name Nucala by GlaxoSmithKline. 

At my first appointment, I said to the nurse I’d read white blood cells can stay in your system for about 8 hours — I wondered if I’d feel better starting the next day. She smiled and said most people feel better within an hour. 

One injection and observation period later, and I was taking huge deep breaths. And enjoying them. There was no wheezy chaser at the end of a big inhale-exhale.  

I biked back to my temp job, and ran up 5 floors of stairs. Winded, but *not wheezing*.  

I felt like the first time I ever had espresso. 

The upshot is I’m able to chase my kids some more, I cycle commute as much as can (which I was already doing - but now I enjoy it again) and I’m going for longer rides. 50k is my longest. I’m sure I can do more but that’s a big chunk of time (4 hours) as a parent. I bike from Little Italy Toronto to Mississauga to visit my nephew on occasion, and to the Queensway movie theatre. 

I still have asthma. I still need ventolin and Zenhale. I still wheeze. But the injection stops me from having an asthma attack. I can push my self harder during exercise and just be out of breath, not wheezing.  

Being out of breath and able to deeply breathe in is a wonderful feeling that I’m chasing more and more. 

If there was a version of heaven that required me being totally alone, it would be on my bike, racing through the green of Toronto’s ravines and the sunsets on our city’s beach.  

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Not my longest ride at 42km, (26 miles Americans) but a typical route involving the Don Valley and Toronto’s waterfront. #BikeTO

Inktober sketch #2

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Some messy, late-night trilobites swimming through the air above a Jack O'Lantern. 

Blending a little #sciart with Hallowe'en every day this month.

It's Inktober!

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Inktober is here! That spooky month where illustrators flit about Twitter with smudgy fingers, eschewing ctrl-z and abstaining from erasable pencils. Ink! Messy, permanent, committed.

 I've gone deep into my art cabinet and excavated my late grandmother's ink nibs and fountain pens. I think I'll go with a "prehistoric creatures with jack o'lanterns" theme for the month. Find all my sketches here on The Flying Trilobite blog, or on Twitter @FlyingTrilobite.   If you want more artists in your Twitter feed, or on Instagram, just check the #inktober hashtag.  

I've gone deep into my art cabinet and excavated my late grandmother's ink nibs and fountain pens. I think I'll go with a "prehistoric creatures with jack o'lanterns" theme for the month. Find all my sketches here on The Flying Trilobite blog, or on Twitter @FlyingTrilobite. 

If you want more artists in your Twitter feed, or on Instagram, just check the #inktober hashtag.  

Cyborg Sea Anemone

 Cyborg Sea Anemone © Glendon Mellow 2017, Shareable under ( CC BY-NC 3.0 )

Cyborg Sea Anemone © Glendon Mellow 2017, Shareable under (CC BY-NC 3.0)

This morning's sketch. Just a Cyborg Sea Anemone trundling along on the ocean floor in search of food. When coral reefs die you gotta go where the food is at and give up on the sessile lifestyle.

Desperate times, man, desperate times. 

 Might paint this one in ArtRage later. 

Might paint this one in ArtRage later. 

It Begins

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When I started my new full time job at Combustion Training earlier this summer, I treated myself to a new Moleskine sketchbook. if there's one thing I've realized, it can be hard for m to create when I'm worried about job hunting and paying the bills.

Time to start drawing and sketching daily again! Woke up at 6:30 today and scribbled this out. 

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A Definition of Covfefe

One more entry into last night's meme-fest on the US President's bizarrely unfinished, long-published typo: