Well, since my last post i had surgery last thursday night to place a stent inside me to prevent accidental lodging of a 4 x 7.5mm stone in my kidney. Its large enough that i shouldnt be able to pass this on my own. They dont want to break up the stone for another 3 weeks due to lots of swelling and irritation...go figure. The penis was created for efficient means of exiting fluids, not a path by which medical tools can enter the body. Took the rest of the week off and went back to work monday. As of thursday i was feeling well enough to think about getting back on the bike. Just then I felt the first stages of my back suddenly going out. Came home from work yesterday because of the pain. I can barely walk. So its off to the med center today...maybe they can tell me if this kidney related or not since there was quite a bit of blood on my urine last night. It has since cleared, but the crippling back pain is still there. To anyone reading out there...if i EVER complain of how "painful" a bike ride is, please bring me back to my senses by reminding me of this weeks worth of time. Ive never experienced so much excruciating, uncomfortable, piercing pain.