Fibro Feelings – Back in the (Bike) Saddle
For the first time since my hiking fall where I re-sprained my ankle and caused my bursitis, I rode my bike! Eight months of missing riding my bike and I’ve finally done it! I was a little nervous, but our Arthritis Walk planning committee met on Sunday to do a walk through of our three mile course. I knew it would be a bad idea for me to walk it since lately anytime I’ve walked for a long time/distance my bursitis has flared up. I still wanted to participate, so I decided to ride my bike along the route instead. I wasn’t sure that wouldn’t hurt, but I knew it’d hurt less than walking.
Since the ride, I’m doing pretty good so far. Most of what I’m feeling is just because it has been so long since I’ve ridden. My sitz bones are sore as well as my mid-upper back and I’m more fatigued than I usually would be from such a short ride. My right hip/leg area feels a little tight, but isn’t painful. Even though it was only three miles, it was all done at a slow pace since I was sticking with a group of people who were quickly walking. Near the end of our walk one of the other committee members mentioned that she’d wished she had brought a bike too.
Once again, The Helpful Hubby helped make this a success. He is so sweet. He moved our bike rack to my car, put air in my bike tires, greased my shocks and loaded and unloaded my bike. I wanted to be able to have the option to scoot my bike along with my feet, in case it was hurting to peddle. The problem was that my bike post wasn’t short enough for me to do that since that isn’t the “proper” riding position. The Helpful Hubby cut down my seat post so it could be lowered far enough down that my feet would touch more. It worked great and now I’ll have that option should I ever need it again.
What things are you looking forward to doing this spring/summer?
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*Image Credit: from www.flickr.com by Salim Virji