Thursday's Roaming Ride gave me a bit of a clue that my allergy problems are subsiding. During the ride I wasn't gasping for air, watching the rest of the bunch roll of down the road. Unlike the previous Thursday, when that's exactly what happened, I rolled along pretty comfortably, didn't come apart on the hills, and actually enjoyed being on a bike.
All but a couple of the group were on various Storck demo bikes. I was on an Absolutist 0.9, a frame that's apparently built more for crits than comfort. Nonetheless, it handled the local chip and seal well, with just a bit of chattering across rough surfaces. The SRAM Red gruppo (complete, other than Zero G brakes) was oh so nice.
Saturday I went to Dave's Ride, continued to feel better, didn't blow up on the hills, and decided that I'm getting back to normal. I confirmed that today, during 35 rainy miles where I was able to keep the pace and feel stronger as the ride went on. There's hope for me yet.