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In Sickness and in Health

simonsaunders's picture
on Tue, 30/12/2014 - 14:11

Sometimes, you don't want to be on the bike. It's not common but it happens.

Sometimes you don't have a choice; be it a weather issue, a partner issue or an injury issue.

Of these the injury issue is the most frustrating. Weather passes, turbo trainers can act as a substitute. Partners can be persuaded or relent. Injuries nag and persist. They require rest and rehab. They hurt.

We have been unfortunate to have had some serious injuries within the club - but fortunately improving or resolving. The recent events with Ralph and Sue brought to my mind our relationship with the bike in sickness and health.

There truly is nothing like coasting along in shorts and a short sleeved summer top, sun on your back and easy riding on the bike. It is like flying. Free, easy and relaxing. It's easy to feel wholesome and healthy. It shifts a bit as the weather changes, colder air, rain, wind, sleet, hailstone; we all cycle in them. Not as 'enjoyable' as the sunny ride but wholesome in a different way. It's the worthy price of payment for the summer rides. The interest free installments for the gift of June/July and August. And yet, it's still healthy. It might feel hard, it might be cold but it's a worthy ride- miles in the bank- still healthy!

Injury robs us of choice. The choice to get on the bike and enjoy or get out and work. With injury there is no option. My recent non-cycling caused ankle injury certainly limited my options. Fortunately for me it's a relatively short-lived injury (having run on my ankle this last Saturday for the first timesince i injured it) but it kept me from riding for a while. It's during these times i mused on what i missed about riding, the freedom, the chance to get out of the house. The removal of mind-junk as you concentrate on trying to keep up with the group. The inability to perform the task which keeps me sane was wholly and utterly frustrating. Not only because i miss those things, but also you know your form/fitness is decliniing as you don't ride. It's peverse how the thing that keeps you healthy can also make you ill.

For those of us with longer duration injuries or those struggling to get back to riding properly my sympathies lie. The frustration with your healing body is as strong as the frustration in not doing the thing you enjoy. Time is the healer, but as conversely as it moves quickly during a ride, it moves geologically slowly when you're recovering from injury. When, When will I be good to ride again? Should I try a 'gentle' ride to test things out? How quick can i get back? We all have these thoughts, and all come back too early!

One thing is for sure- this years crashes/tumbles/falls and prangs have resulted in the most competitive "Golden Stabiliser" award for years at the annual dinner in January. Good luck all. Stay safe and healthy.

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