It has been about three months since I have been on any bicycle. Friday was supposed to be my first ride post surgery – I even had a route planned and everything (see previous post). It wasn’t an epic (2 whole miles) but I was looking forward to it. And then – we got to start the new year with a typical winter day in Bellingham. The full stats from weather underground can be viewed here. In summary – steady rain, 45 degress F, sustained winds of 25-30mph from the south, gusting (often!) to 50 mph.
So, I moped around the house until my husband suggested that I take the bike up and down the street, at least. I got the commuter bike out (since it has a full set of lights on it) and took off down the street in the pouring rain. It was so great to be back on the bike! The hip felt great – almost no pain while peddling on the flats. I flew down the street (heading north) with almost no effort at all. Until…I turned around into the 30 mph head wind. I had to downshift and peddle pretty hard, but I made it back to the house and still didn’t have any pain in the hip while on the bike. It was raining pretty hard and had gotten dark – so the only picture I have of the event is below. That is me riding the bike you can barely see with the bright front head light.
This wasn’t what I had planned – but it wasn’t a total disaster. I now have SOME hope for June.