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Old 03-12-07, 08:12 AM   #1
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Hi, from NC

Hello. I'm 43, from central North Carolina, and although I'm not new to biking, I've been out of it since 2000. It was at that time that my life took a completely different direction. I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, in May of that year, and I began a journey filled with disappointments, and physical limitations.
Being a very active person made it hard to adapt to a much more laid back lifestyle. I'm still a hyper-active person (mentally) but sometimes my mind and body are on different pages. I've learned to rest, when my body tells me to, or suffer the consequense. After several attacks, I've suffered some lasting affects, from the disease, but I'm still mobile. My legs are weaker than they used to be, but after getting the OK from my doctor, I decided about a year ago to buy a stationary bike (recumbent) to build strength.
I've trained for six days a week, in hopes of getting back in the saddle. Well, last month I decided it was time. I knocked the dust off my ol' mountain bike, and took it for a short spin. That five minute ride took me back seven years in time! I got a piece of my old self back! Woooo! Hooooo! I got so excited that I bought myself a new road bike. It's a Dawes LT1000 24 sp, and I know it's not an upper end bike, but I'm on a fixed income, and it's the most I could afford ($369), and I like it. I'm hoping I'll be able to reward myself with a Trek or something similar in the future, but the Dawes is fine, for now. I just recently worked up to a 20 mile ride, which probably doesn't seem like much to most, but to me it's huge! I'll never be able to ride for speed, due to more frequent rest stops than the average person, but I'm setting goals for longer distance. I believe I can see a 50 mile ride, in the distant future. Who knows.......maybe even a century?? Sorry for the long introduction, but I wanted to share my story, in hopes of meeting other cyclers with physical limitations.
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Old 03-12-07, 08:23 AM   #2
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Hello BikeNC--the closest thing we've got is the 50+ forum, but I think that DnvrFox is well acquainted with people with disabilities--check his signature.

I think it's fantastic that you are getting back on the bike. I've heard some studies suggest that what you are doing will really help you slow the symptoms.

Good luck, and keep us informed of your progress. A lot of us will be rooting for you!

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Old 03-12-07, 08:51 AM   #3
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Welcome BikeNC. It's wonderful to hear you've been able to get back on the bike.

As East Hill suggested you might want to check out the 50+ forum. I don't have a physical limitation but do have a daughter with one who rides bikes.
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Old 03-12-07, 11:13 AM   #4
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Thanks, East Hill & Beverly, for the words of encouragement. From the very beginning, I've refused to lie down. My determination keeps pushing me, but it's my stubborness that sometimes gets me into trouble. I've learned in the last year or so to listen to my body when it says it's had enough. That doesn't stop me from doing or trying things as long as I pace myself. I'll check out the 50+ forum.
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Old 03-12-07, 11:37 AM   #5
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Hey Mike, glad you joined Bike Forums. My mother, while having never been a biker, is dealing with MS. There's an annual ride to benefit MS in the Eastern part of our state. Many with MS who don't actually ride it are there with the support teams. Here's a link
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Old 03-12-07, 01:13 PM   #6
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Funny you mentioned that! There's also a MS benefit ride, in our neck of the woods, that I would dearly love to ride in. http://bikencc.nationalmssociety.org...E_NCC_homepage I'm not sure if I'll be up to it by Sept, but I'm going to try my best! Gotta go. The sun's shinnin', and I hear my bike calling my name Give your mother my best.
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Old 03-12-07, 09:17 PM   #7
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MAny of us ride with a disability. Mine are old age and type 1 diabetes. Just learn to adjust to the limitations imposed by your disabilities. Those with the disability of bad manners are the ones who have the most trouble adjusting to their disability
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Old 03-14-07, 06:26 AM   #8
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Absolutely impressed with your dedication to your active lifestyle keep up the good work or should I say keep having fun. I look forward to hearing about your adventures.
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Thanks, guys. I'm taking baby steps, but I'm slowly progressing. The main thing is I'm having fun. It sure feels good to be riding again
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Hey Mike! Welcome to BF. Thanks for sharing your uplifting and inspiring story with us. You'll find there are quite a few NC folks on Bike Forums. You may be able to find some riding partners in your area.
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Old 03-14-07, 07:23 PM   #11
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Glad you're here! It's nice to have another NC'er on the boards! Congrats on your twenty miler, too. Baby steps. You're getting there.
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