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Becoming a Bicycle Commuter... Again.

Old 10-25-12, 08:20 PM
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Becoming a Bicycle Commuter... Again.

Two years ago I had a saddle p.e. followed by lung surgery. Two months in the hospital and six months at home recuperating. I will never have the lung function that I used to have, primarily due to a partially paralyzed diaphragm, scar tissue, yadda, yadda, yadda.

Needless to say this has put a pretty big damper on my commuting. I got hooked on commuting by bike and rode every work day for three plus years. I initially got back on the bike pretty quickly once I was able but quickly became frustrated with my loss of fitness and diminished lung capacity.

However, it's time to get back on my bike. I have begun to miss it terribly. I have a new job and will be biking to the light rail and then I'll disembark and ride a few miles into work. I could tell I was getting ready for this when I started trolling through commuter forum again.

You guys are inspirational and a great source of information. Glad to be back amongst my people!
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Old 10-25-12, 09:08 PM
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Riding a bike is fun. You don't have to ride far or fast to enjoy it. Glad you are getting back on the bike!
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Yes, glad you're making a comeback, good for you!!

When I start thinking it's to wet, cold and or windy to ride, I'll think of this post. Then HTFU and get back out there.

Thanks for the inspiration and welcome back!!
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Never Give Up! Keep up the good work!
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Welcome back! I've been commuting for about 6 months now, and it is a blast - you won't regret it!
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Old 10-25-12, 10:04 PM
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Good job, welcome back!

One of the commuting lessons I have learned is that over my 6 mile commute, the difference between heavy exertion and steady easy pedaling is just a few minutes. You can get there successfully either way. Enjoy your pedaling!
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Don't give up, take your time, have fun and ride on!
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Thanks for the encouraging words fellas!
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Good for you, just be careful and stay safe
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Absolutely!! Good for you!!

As one of the posters above mentioned, the total difference between a 'relaxed' ride and a 'manic' ride is only a few minutes. And I suppose you already know that you'll have to sacrifice a bit of speed. And you probably already know that that's really no sacrifice at all.

We're glad you're back on the road. Have fun.
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