Running (biking) up that hill
June 23, 2008
Wow, I haven’t posted in months. Where did those months go? Well, it’s a long story – I became very sick in the beginning of March with a couple of different issues going on. It’s been such a nightmare and I basically haven’t had the energy to do anything until just recently. However, I’ll save the whole sickness business for another post. I don’t feel up to writing about that right now.
In better news, I recently bought a good used bike with the hope of using it to finally begin exercising again. It’s pretty comfortable, considering the pain and limitations I have with my wrists, ankles, and sometimes hips. I could write an entire post on the headache it is just trying to find a bike that works and is the least painful for this decrepit body. Admittedly, I really do envy people who can just purchase things like this (and shoes, for another matter) without having it turn into a huge ordeal. Yeah, don’t get me going on shoes either. I can’t find any tennis shoes that fit and don’t hurt my feet. My former marathon coach is supposed to be helping me find some New Balance ones, but I think he’s forgotten about it. I should bug him again, I suppose.
Back to the bike. I recently moved into a small house in NE Minneapolis which is only 3.2 miles from where my sister and her husband live. This is pretty cool, so today I decided to bike over there for the first time. Now, maybe this was a stupid idea since I’ve been lying on the couch for three months day after day (no exaggeration), but I’m happy to report that I survived. I did not fall off the bike, I didn’t pass out in the midst of a heart attack, I didn’t wuss out and go back home. GOOD JOB ME. Well, however I did have to walk the bike up part of a large hill, but that’s understandable I think. Thankfully the ride back home was a breeze, zooming down that hill. So now I’m a tired, sweaty mess, but it feels really good. Back before I had RA, I was a pretty active, athletic person. I played softball, basketball, and tennis among other sports. I miss all of those things, but if I can handle this biking thing, I’ll be happy and grateful for that.
Sorry if this isn’t a very witty or clever post, but hey – I just biked over six miles! Give this couch potato a break. :)
Also, thank you so much to all of you who have left me comments over the last few months. I’m sorry I’ve been MIA. I have read every one of them and will work on responding to your comments as soon as I can.