I'm new here, and getting ready to start riding again after many years (currently converting my old 10-speed to a single-speed). Mostly just errands and around the park for now.
Still working through some health issues, but the one that has me most concerned is a cervical spinal fusion (C5-C6 for those in the know) that isn't healing correctly. The fusion never fused, though the neurosurgeon says it could happen in the next year or two. The plate's holding well, but some bone spurs have developed. I feel better after moving around all day, and hope that biking will not only provide some motion, but also strengthen muscles in that area. My doctor's okay with continuing normal activities.
Anyone else here returning to biking after this kind of thing? I'm still a little leery -- the spinal compression that led to surgery was severe, so part of my brain still wants to think I'm fragile, even though it was done three years ago. I'm hoping biking -- which I've missed terribly all these years -- will let me get physically and psychologically past these barriers.
Normally I'm pretty tough about things -- no painkillers during recovery, suck-it-up-and-deal with most things. But this is different.
I'm not really sure what I'm asking here Encouragement? Advice? Commiseration?