Today I am a biker chick again. Can you hear the smile in my words?
Over a week ago the orthopedic cleared me to ride my bike outside. For those who missed it, I broke a bone over spring break in March and have been sidelined ever since. Hubby and I had eagerly awaiting the nice weather to get back to our long rides and I was so disappointed to be stuck with walking and the boring elliptical instead.
And, ironically, as soon as I got the okay to ride, the weather decided not to cooperate. Rain. More rain. And I no longer ride in the rain. Because last summer I was cruising along during a shower and my bike and I took a slow-motion slide from a vertical position to a horizontal one, with me still in my seat. Bruised, scraped, shaken, I learned my lesson. Dry paths only.
So I waited. And yesterday was the day. I took a short test ride down my driveway and out into the street just to make sure that the still sore shoulder would be fine to work the handlebars and brake. My emotions were a combination of some nervousness and some excitement. The shoulder seemed okay. Good to go. But not from home. Because my little corner of Kansas is not flat and I did not want to push myself on any tough hills today. So hubby loaded our bikes and we drove to our favorite easy bike path and were soon off and running. Well, not running. I actually was pretty cautious at first. Feeling the bumps. Worried about falling. Not wanting to do too much too soon.
But man I kicked some biking butt! Twenty-one miles. And my body reminded me that riding a bike uses muscles that the elliptical doesn’t. And that certain delicate flesh is unaccustomed to the pressure of a bike seat. And that being tired from working out hard feels good. But it sure did make me hungry! And I admit that I am just a little bit glad that rain is due today so I will have to take a day off before my next ride. Because I now remember that much as I like riding my bike after I have finished, getting myself on and started is a bit of a motivational challenge. But I am happy to be back in the saddle again:)