Me, my bike and victory!!! Major NSV!!
Monday, June 04, 2012
On Saturday June 2 it was exactly one year from my knee surgery. I didn't realize this anniversary date at the time as I set out with my bike loaded on my truck to attempt my first long ride with my bike at Bird's Hill Park which is a provincial park just a few minutes from my home. It was bright and sunny and I was there and ready to go before 7 am. I was somewhat disconcerted when I was greeted by several hard core fit cyclists zooming around on their fancy dancy road bikes and colorful cycling clothes. I shook the negative thoughts that I couldn't do it out of my mind and decided to try. I clocked the distance of the main loop with my truck before starting so I would know if I had to turn back or not. It was 11.3 km. Up until this moment the most I had done in one bike ride was 5-6km. With anxious butterflies in my stomach I stretched and then hopped on that bike and took off. It was so beautiful riding there! Wonderful woods, deer along side the road and even a bunch of wild turkeys! One turkey raced with me for about 50 feet. It was running full tilt parallel to me and according to my bike computer, it was going about 14km/hr. Who knew? lol I laughed really hard over that. I got into a groove and realized I was about half done the total distance and I was okay! No turning back for me!! Well then the hard part came. Seems most of the last half was uphill even though it deceivingly didn't appear to be so until I was responsible for pushing myself up that incline on my own power. My speed dropped to what seemed a crawl but somehow I dug deep and I just kept pushing. I was so determined not to stop. I cursed and I panted and I pushed and every time I thought I was coming to level ground it just never really appeared. I would curse some more and push again. I have to tell you, I haven't been one to push through physically demanding things so much in the past. I did this time and I was so proud of myself. The reward came on the other side of that blasted gradual incline when suddenly I was flying like the wind up to 29 km/hr on the way down!! I had the thought that I might die if one of those deer or turkey stepped out in front of me at that point but the feeling of being weightless and flying outweighed the fear lol. I had another minor climb but then I could see my truck! I had done it!! I did the full loop and I never stopped peddaling one time!! I literally felt so energized and so alive. This was such an accomplishment for me. I felt strong and I can't believe after all these years of knee trouble I finally was able to conquer something like this. I can't wait to go further, faster and get leaner in the process. I'm pretty sure I am hooked on cycling. After I got home, still walking on air, I realized it was the anniversary date of my surgery. I can't think of a better way to have celebrated!!
My bike computerconfirms the accomplishment!! woot!
Smiling, sweaty and so proud of myself!!