I love to cycle. I've cycled by myself on country roads for 50-100 kms many times. I like the adventure of discovering something new while on my own. I have always been thinking that I can't wait till I have time to do a tour across the country, perhaps in my 60's. (That, of course, I would do that with an organized group.)
That was until last week. Last year, I fell while walking through an icy snowbank and I broke my fibula. It healed well and I went on to being very active.
Last Sunday, while riding in a different city, I headed down a mild declining slope at low speed with a heavy tote bag over one shoulder. (Dumn I know.) Anyway I thought I should stop to avoid falling. When I stopped, I landed on the side of my foot instead of my ankle and got an uncomplicated 5th metatarsal fracture. The doc said I should be good in 4 weeks. I am walking with an air boot.
A bone density test revealed that my bones are fine.
Having said that, I am rather unnerved. 2 fractures in 2 years. Am I too old to be cycling around by myself? Am I too old to do bicycle touring? I love it but am now afraid of it.
(Part of the reason that I cycle by myself is that I know of no one around here who cycles these distances like I do.)
Are there any women over 50 out there who can give me some words of encouragement to keep on cycling?
Thanks so much.