Two months ago my husband, Scott ruptured a disc in his neck. Not only did he have many sleepless, painful nights he had lots of frustration when it came to not riding with our cycling group. At times I would feel so guilty for heading out but he would encourage me to go.
Two weeks ago he returned to the bike. We headed out about a half hour before dark for a 20 mile ride through the country. This would also be his first ride in the dark. After a warm-up we settled into a pace that was comfortable for him and I pulled us along. I wanted to do everything I could to make this a positive return experience. As the darkness closed in our bike lights provided tons of light and we continued to make our way back towards the house. Scott was hooked to the night riding and loved it.
Now we are in week two of his return. I mapped out a new route and we headed out on Tuesday to give it a try. I knew the roads I had picked pretty well but had forgotten how hilly they were. This time, without knowing it, we were pushing the pace harder than the week before and the efforts of all of the hills were felt in my legs. To hear the excitement that has returned when Scott talks of riding thrills me. As our ride on Tuesday night ended we talked about winter riding and plans for next year’s riding. Pure good stuff!
Update: As seen above we went Mountain Biking last Saturday. My first time riding on the trails in 5 years. I am sorry to say Roy that I was not as thrilled to return to trail riding and my bike felt foreign to me in every way. Being with these friends made the trip worth it but I am not sure when/if I will return for the next trail adventure. Grips of death and nearly missing several trees dead on was not the most thrilling for me. After Scott and I racked our bikes I did manage to get a 45 minute trail run in. Now that felt fantastic!!
Another Update: I managed two strength training session last week and am on target for the same this week. I also began following a half marathon training plan this week. Not signed up for an event yet but the training focus feels good. Last night I had to do a 5k at close to race pace to help determine my speedwork/tempo/and long run paces.
Mile 1 – 7:49