Monday I went and had bloodwork drawn to check my thyroid levels, then I went for my semi-annual check-up with the pulmonary doctor.
Dr. H asked how I was doing, if I was still smoke-free. I explained that I've been riding my bike 130 - 150 miles a week, with some having even more. I said no, I've not smoked since last July. He listened to my lungs, all clear. Then he said, let's try cutting back on the Advair. Go to once a day for a couple of weeks, if you tolerate that well you can cut back to every other day. I was estatic! My visit in April had been such a let down, emotionally. He told me to continue doing what I'm doing. I said something about running, he said I can do anything I want. But he also said running can be difficult on the joints, etc. with all that pounding. I asked about exercises to help increase lung capacity. He said I can increase efficiency, but not capacity. Keep doing what I'm doing. Scales still say 152, it's a number. Clothes fit great, which is the most important thing.
I'll be riding some winter training ride with Team Louisville's women's team soon. I need proper clothing for that! A reason to spend more money.