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Old 09-06-03, 01:24 PM   #1
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First Ride Back!

Hey everyone,

8 weeks and 0 miles after breaking my arm, I was back on a bike today. And let's just say it was evident that I hadn't ridden a bike in 8 weeks.

To start off, I only planned on a 10 mile (with a lunch stop at 9 miles) route since I'd been out so long. It was great to be back out on the open road with the wind in my face and I can't wait to get back in to the shape that I was in riding-wise before the break. However, today I noticed how I was downshifting in places where I hadn't before, standing in places I used to not and working harder than before. But that was to be expected.

The magnet on my computer had been knocked out of line and I didn't bother realigning it before going, but I'd say I probably averaged about 13 mph as opposed to the 16ish I averaged on the same route before the injury. But that still couldn't get my spirits down since it was just great to be back on a bike at all.

Well, that's it for my ride today. I didn't have my camera to take pictures with, but I'll post a couple of pictures that I took a while back before I broke my arm on one of the roads that I rode today:

Those are both taken from the same location, just slightly different angles. That brown thing is a railroad track bridge, which I think just looks amazing right there.

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Old 09-06-03, 09:39 PM   #2
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Wow, nice scenery! Nothing like getting back on the bike after a long break. Good luck with recovery!

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Good luck!

My older brother, years and years ago when I was still a teenager, broke one of his arms. He rode anyway, just around the neighborhood, with his arm in a hard cast. Went to get the cast off and found out his other arm was broken; he'd fallen while riding. (Not a bad break, or he'd have figured it out before then, I suppose!) Had to get a soft cast for that one. And stay off his bike.

(This and a few other incidents that year led to a little poem from the newspaper being taped to his bedroom door. Wish I could remember all of it, but you get the gist from the last couplet: "Settled down to chess and rum/Broke his thumb." Kind of sums up that year in his life.)
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