Since my motorcycle accident in 2007, I’ve been unable to really get back into bicycling due to healing of muscles. I’ve been moving a lot more progressively over the last 3-4 years, and found myself missing the freedom and fun that comes from bicycling. I used to ride to/from work between 2005-2006 (20 miles each way) and it made me feel alive inside. It’s hard to meet that cardio workout and enjoy it, like I did with bicycling.
Since I have knowledge of components and such, I felt safe buying a used Trek that has been very well maintained. It’s a 2005 Trek 1000 SL, and I’m extremely happy with how clean and issue-free it is. The only thing missing is a portable Presta air pump which I’ll pick up soon.
After taking the time cleaning the socket, chain, and aligning the seat, I took her out for a first ride. I quickly found out how much I have to work on, and my need for locking pedals. My body has degraded quite a bit since I rode last in 2007, so I have lots of cardio to work on. Yesterday the best I could do was 2.16 miles in 10.35 minutes. I shouldn’t be so hard on myself, but if I don’t then who will?
My short term goal is to get locking pedals/shoes and slowly work my heart back to where I was before. My long term goal? To be able to strap on a heart monitor and ride anywhere… like I did before. There’s more than health at stake here, it’s ego and self esteem.