I like to think I am a man with a plan; albeit an overly convoluted and meticulously rationalized plan...
But something about that trike, and the sun, and my Beck, and well, the very idea of moving free simply got the better of me and boy am I glad!
I had Becky roll Eagle down the drive because I had never tried the brakes and wasn't sure.
Then I held the brakes to hold her still while I levered my ponderous ham of a leg over, gingerly worked my way between seat horn and handgrips and sunk into total plush comfort.
Here it was, time ti fish or cut bait; put up or shut up... Whatever other tired cliche you want...
On the trainer I had her at the toughest gear and it was 'eh!' but now, here, on real ground with a real load it was STEEP so I did my best to shift down. I had to reach down and help the wheel along with my hand to get enough movement to shift and it reminded me uncomfortably of my wheelchair for a few sickening moments...
Becky asking 'is something wrong' and the gears just making sickening clicks as they complied...
Then it caught, my feet began to move, and so did I!
Pump, pump, pump, I picked up speed, and it all came rushing back!
How much I have lost, how much I have missed, how much I have to regain, to enjoy, to become once again. Moving under my own power, and so fast! I circled, I buzzed Beck, I circled again....
I'm doing this EVERY DAY from NOW ON!
Though, I might want to do just a bit more adjustment of the seat and put on a pair of them kneesavers!
I parked by my truck and reluctantly dismounted.
Then I gave Beck her turn.
Now, I have been trying so hard to get Beck to talk about this, to show a little interest, but she hasn't had much to go on. All she's ever ridden have been upright bikes tho I got her to sit in a tadpole trike recently...
But she got on that Magnum, and FLEW!
I may have to fight her to get any time on it or buy another!
Every day, I am on IM's with Beck while she's working at 3M, when she says she's signing out and heading home will be my time to hop on my bike and meet her down there on the road.
Tho, I do want to try to take it slow and steady in spite of my excitement, we large folk injure easily.
I figure I'll work on frequency, then duration, THEN intensity.
So there ya have it,