Every time I pull into the garage I see it and I feel defeated.
When I bought it for myself a couple of years ago, I took it home and then a couple of weeks later finally got the courage to try to ride it. The first attempt, I ended up falling off the bike onto the concrete floor of my garage, avoiding hitting my hip on the hard concrete with the use of my left arm (it really hurt afterwards, too).
The second attempt at least I didn't fall, but I also couldn't even get my bad knee to make one complete revolution on the pedals. It just didn't like bending that far back. So, I decided I needed to do some more knee work before I get back on it again.
Tonight at the YMCA, after an hour of Zumba and an hour of walking, I decided to try the stationary bikes again. I had tried them before, so that I could work up to riding my own bike, and couldn't get my bad knee to make the revolution of the pedal.
I got on the bike and I was able to pedal for five minutes! I was the only one in the room, so I didn't get a picture of me actually on the bike, but trust me, I did it! I left out of that room feeling so good.
I have been working on strengthening my knee for almost three years. My left knee has arthritis in it and sometimes I hear the bone rubbing together, but it doesn't hurt. It just doesn't want to bend back like it used to. So, tonight was a beginning. Tonight was the start of me, one day, getting on my new bike and taking off like I did when I was young. I loved riding my bike.
Sometimes I see bikers flying down the road in groups, all decked out in their riding gear and I think to myself that I wish I could do that. Well, that may never happen, but at least I know it may be possible if I work at it.
If there is something you used to do that you don't anymore and you would like to do again - work up to it, but do it! At least give it a try. You may have to modify it some in order to do it, but just do it!
Do you like to ride bikes? Do you still ride a bike? If you don't, why not? Is it due to an injury, inactivity, or something else? Have you ever thought about doing it again? If you do ride a bike, where do you ride? Have you ever ridden in a bike race? Is there something you used to enjoy doing, but stopped? Would you like to do it again? What is it?