back on the bike

This week I decided to try cycling to work again. I hadn’t cycled to work (or anywhere) in a really long time — maybe the start of the year, or toward the end of last year — and I thought it was about time I tried again.

Of course, that’s not to say I cycled every day this week. I only cycled on Wednesday, when I thought the workload would be manageable enough that I wouldn’t be left too exhausted to cycle home. Fortunately, the weather was also quite mild that day, so it seemed like the best opportunity.

Truth be told, I almost didn’t cycle in at all, as I was quite apprehensive about getting back on my bike after such a long break from it. The fear seemed unfounded — after all, one never forgets how to ride a bicycle, right? — but it was there nonetheless. I think it was more that I was afraid I wasn’t cycle-fit anymore, and would struggle too much.

So even on Wednesday morning, when I got out of bed, and started getting ready for work, I was vacillating between cycling and driving. It was no small effort to convince myself that everything would be fine if I cycled; but, me being me, the apprehension quickly became unpalatable, and I started wondering why I was afraid in the first place.

I had cycled to work several times before (even if it was a long time ago), and the route was mostly on a bikeway, away from cars. It was also very unlikely to rain that day, and the sun was hiding behind clouds. And thus I reasoned my way onto my bike, and away I went.

Work is about 8.5km away, and I managed the distance in just over 26 minutes, which, if I remember correctly, is about my average time. I was quite surprised — I thought it would take much longer, considering I hadn’t cycled in so long — but you can’t argue with the numbers. It was a good confidence boost.

The ride home was a slightly different story. There is one part that is particularly steep, and I had to get off and walk up, but otherwise it was more or less as I remembered it. Overall not bad, and I wasn’t even sore the next day (just really tired…)

I think this will be a good reminder for whenever I’m doubting myself, or I’m afraid of trying something for one excuse or another. 

2 thoughts on “back on the bike

  1. We are oddly in sync. What you say about the bike is me too; I also have become apprehensive. I haven’t been on mine in a long time; the pandemic is part of it. There are too many people walking, jogging, & biking in local streets but there’s a vague(r) anxiety attached to it too. I’m proud of you – if you don’t mind me saying so – for pushing past the hesitation!

    • Thank-you 😊 I understand what you mean about the vague anxiety, and I think it applies to other activities too in these strange times! I hope you get a chance to get back on your bike soon!

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