I have had a couple of down days lately; just feeling a bit more tired and needing more nap time. At the same time I am starting to work into an exercise routine. I have been taking the girls to the park. While they play on the swings and slides, I walk loops around the playground on chipped bark. It is great for me since it is soft and irregular. Padding and balance work, perfect. The legs are getting stronger but my feet are starting to feel a bit hammered. Also I have some more rib pain creeping back.
Despite all this yesterday, I threw my leg over my spin bike. For those that don't know, that is a sort of a stationary bike that is used in gyms for "spin" classes. I only pedaled for about 3-5 minutes to try it out. I was wearing jeans after all. But it felt great. I set the resistance at nil and just did circles with the platform pedals. Uncle Mike D. was there to spot me but I was really OK on my own. The bike is very stable and the stand over is really low, so it was easy to get on and off. I can't tell you how good it felt to do that oh so familiar motion. You cyclists out there know what I am talking about, the zen feeling of moving your legs around and around. It was a real spirit booster.
My last real bike ride was on winter solstice Dec. 21st of last year. I am not sure if it is realistic and I am going to talk to my docs about it but I think that I am going to set the goal of that anniversary for my first day back on the bike. I am thinking one lap on the side walk around HLP .
So it is official, I just broke months long silence, this is a blog about biking again, well, at least me biking. You've got to know that I think about riding all the time. I have been craving Mountain Biking at Cronan Ranch but that is still far away. Maybe in the spring. I daydream a lot about some of the great rides I've done. This morning I was thinking of the time that Curtis, Tom and I rode to Coloma from Jackson on a bluebird fall day. One way shuttle rides are the best! I am really looking forward to having enough endurance to do a 20 mile ride. I would love to go down to Lincoln and ride the flat country roads down there. Of course, there would be a stop at that great taqueria just off the main drag for a super burrito with extra guacamole.
The transition is happening, I am talking and thinking about things other than cancer more and more.
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