Friday, September 11, 2009

"It's easy as riding a bike..."

"Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies." - Mother Teresa

Riding bike used to be one of my favorite exercises and pasttimes.  When I lived on Clearwater beach many years ago, a pedal bike was my only form of transportation, and I loved it.  One doesn't need a car if you never leave the beach. 

Since I became ill, I have not had the privilige of riding a bike, in any form.  Years ago, my father bought me a recumbant exercise bike in hopes that I would use it to make my legs strong again.  I used it, but I was unable to push it with my legs for longer than about 10 seconds, so I would put my hands on my knees and push with my arms, and that is how I would get my cardiovascular exercise, and as close as I came to actually riding a bike.

I still have that recumbant exercise bike, and yesterday I got on it and rode with just my legs for five minutes.  Yup, FIVE minutes using just my legs.  It wasn't easy, but I did it.  I did it and it felt great.  The last minute felt to me like what the last mile of a marathon must feel like to a runner, but I did it!

So, today I couldn't wait to get back on it, and I did, and rode for five minutes and thirty seconds.  This time it was a little bit easier than before, and I was able to concentrate more and get my legs to move properly, and a little faster.  I rode my five minutes, got off and did some housework, and was so addicted had to get back on about an hour later.  I got back on, closed my eyes, and rode.  I rode for six minutes and 30 seconds.  I closed my eyes at one point and for a second I could remember what it felt like to ride a real bike.  And then I pictured myself running, and tears came uncontrollably rolling from my eyes.


  1. Aloha from Hawaii,
    I was on a Twitter page of Lance Armstrong and saw a link to your profile. Your fight is awesome. Never give up is the only way. A friend and I recently did a 1/2 Ironman Triathlon. Actually he finished, I didn't. But the inspiring part was my friend ran the 1/2 marathon portion with Rudy Garcia-Tolson. A 20 year old triathlete.
    I noticed in part of your blog you liked swimming. And this part is about biking. Maybe you could become a triathlete. It is a lot of hard work, but an incredible feeling when you finish. I believe the only limits one has are those that one creates.
    Good luck in all you do,

  2. Russ,

    Thank you for your support and kind words. Maybe someday I will compete in a triathlon, or ride with Lance Armstrong like my dream has been and will always be.

    I just keep moving forward, that's all we can do!