It's been almost 2 years since the accident that broke both of my elbows. I feel like I've recovered physically, at least to the point where I should be able to ride, but mentally I'm still not there.
Our first attempt was to spend a ton of money to buy recumbent bikes to replace our fleet. What I didn't count on was the recumbent learning curve. Every detail was like inventing the wheel for me. I've finally reached the point where I feel like I'm nearly a competant recumbent rider. I can maintain around the same speed as I did previously on diamond frame bikes, but I still avoid hills and, just this morning, I started using the water pack drinking device.
Last summer and fall I even had several sessions with a psychologist to work through the anxiety I was having concerning bicycling. I was making progress and Mrs. Grouch and I were even handling the tandem pretty confidentally.
Then, a couple of weeks ago, I assume that Mrs. Grouch had an attack of vertigo while we were attempting to get the tandem launched. Over we went and I got a concussion serious enough that I don't remember about a half hour window of time. I'm back to having that weak kneed feeling (only in my elbows) whenever I think about rideing.
I'm back riding again but I envy the helmetless people I see riding department store POS bikes wearing flip-flops on their feet. I used to have that devil-may-care attitude about just hopping on a bike and riding, but I've lost it and I miss it.