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Old 09-09-03, 01:11 AM   #1
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Still love cycling/little horse shy.

Wow. This physical therapy. Getting muscles stretched out to shoulder. My wife does a great job of stretching out my arms to get the muscles loosened up . Boy, does she hear the explectives. I bite my lip and the physical therapist so far has been spared. In stretcing out the muscles, it is a pain akin to what one must feel before a bone is broken. you fear it will break.
So I look forward to getting back on the bike and do some work on the trainer, getting ready for my pending rides. It has been three months. I love my cycling and to celebrate my pending return, I bought a new jersey and a pair of Voler Team shorts.
But now I am being silly. I look at my old loyal steed, my first road bike -upon which I was badly hurt. I somehow blame it. Think it jinxed. Even though it had nothing to do with the accident, I blame it?
So today, thinking I will resist getting upon my first bike, I swapped out my hybrid on the trainer and put upon it my first road bike. Maybe that is a strategy to displace blame by using it again.? Think as of now I will resist riding it on the road. I am being silly, but my doctor said my injury was almost too bad to repair.
I look at the bike. The new paint job, the new drive train, the new headset. The new wheels. I think I ran over something, I should not have? That is not the bikes fault.
I always used this bike for transporting my own bike on planes. I am being redicilious, I know. But, this injury will cause some loss of bike confidence.
Maybe riding it on the trainer will get me used to its' feel and regain confidence. ? Some bike friends say it is natural to blame something and maybe I should sell it. Don't feel this way about my touring bike. Would you sell a bike upon which, you were badly hurt ? Don't think one overreacts about such issues. This injury if not properly healed would prohibit my returing to my job. Took over 60,000 miles before I had this accident. Another 60.000 I could be retired.
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Old 09-09-03, 02:04 AM   #2
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CZ, I had a similar thing with my crash a few months back, I was nervous about getting on the bike again. I'm still a little nervous descending and cornering (even though I wasn't doing either of those things when I crashed). Confidence comes back, but it does so slowly. Personally I don't recommend selling the bike. Instead, I recommend taking it out for a couple of easy rides (slowly if necessary) on routes you know well. If you do this and gradually build up the intensity and difficulty of the rides, your confidence will gradually come back as you rediscover the joy of riding it.

It won't happen in just one ride, but if you give it a chance, you'll be OK.
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i'm still kinda spooked from my "big one".... and i feel like my enjoyment of cycling has really gone downhill. i still love cycling, but not as much.

just last week i was almost hit by a car.... ARGH!!
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My slight loss of confidence will not overcome my love of cycling, that I am sure. But, cycling friends I hear talk of barreling down mountains, racing; not sure about that.. Watching what's in the road, getting there, sure footing will be my priorities.
I did ride while injured, so riding since the accident will not be a first. Just how I ride will be a new priority. I will meet up with them when I get there, if I am not sure about the road. The pain involved in this physical therapy will last me for a long time to come.
I fear driving a car just as much. Crazy drivers have threatened me there, just as much as on the bike. Have to commute, somehow. Bike commuting will be just as much a part of my life as in the auto. Certainly more enjoyable.
Since the priority of speed will take awhile, my exercise will come on steep uphills and slower descents.
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Went to work today for my annual physical which is always in September.. So gotta get onto my bike.. Weight up 11 pounds, lost about 10 % of lung capacity,and blood pressure up..Doctor said you have been away from exercising as soon as he did my blood pressure. Been going down each year for past 5-6 years. Can't run. Gotta bike.
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I can feel yer pain CZ... tough to get back on, especially after you got thrown.... I haven't had this with a bike yet (knocks on wood), but I have had nearly the same thing happen when surfing... I got thronw under once, the board whacked me in the head.. I sucked in a bit of water... after it was all over, I felt the board had let me down... I cursed at it.. wouldn;t ride it.. then when I did, it felt like some of the magic in the board had gone away... I eventually got a new one, and it was perfection once again...

Good luck in the recovery... gotta keep at it !

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