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Old 03-25-14, 05:29 PM
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Back On The Saddle Again

i'm old and overweight, battle with bipolar and need to become physically active to help me with each of those adjectives that describe life as i know it today. come tomorrow or a tad down the road, i'd like to attribute part of my transformation/rebirth to getting back on two wheels after an all-too long layoff.

i have loved bicycling since my dad taught me how to balance on two balloon tires connected by a fendered frame. At that time, my age was still a single digit. between then and up until three or four years ago, i spent time riding for good causes and riding for fun. i spent part of my summers growing up going on bicycle trips with the camp i attended - even rode my bicycle from close to west lafayette, ind., all the way to mackinac island in michigan. as i grew older, weekends were spent on casual rides sponsored by local festivals and solo jaunts through the countryside close to home. i even won a few "races" in a double-digit age bracket held in conjuction with corporate challenges. i loved bicycling so much that one saturday morning, scheduled to work, i decided to ride my bicycle an easy 20-miles. unfortunately, a crash ended that trek.

but as i grew older, full-on participation in activities such as bicycling, tennis, golf and racquetball dwindled down to zero participation. when i tried picking my bicycling back up a few years ago, i didn't realize a medication i was taking at the time to help combat my mental illness had affected my balance. i couldn't figure out why i couldn't turn corners well or keep the tires on the sidewalk. then, on one short ride, i ended up flying over the handlebars and landing hard on my right shoulder.

i quit before i really had a chance to get started.

when i grew determined once again two summers ago to ride, one trip out and i realized i was too fat and out of shape to go very far. and because i had become easily frustrated for a number reasons (none really good ones, looking back), i quit. gave up.

life has gone on and with more than five decades in the vault, there have been ups and downs, significant losses and devastating events.

and i miss bicycling. i still own two fujis - one a tour bike and the other, a bike for riding around town. both have been well maintained. as i searched for ways to help me get back on the saddle in a safe and healthy way, i stumbled across this forum. one thread popped up and caught my eye in regard to someone who hadn't ridden a bike for more than 15 years. that's why i've signed up for this forum.
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