Thursday, October 18, 2012

You never forget how to ride a bike--BS

Today, I decided to get the bike out after letting it hibernate for nearly three years. This being the mountains, there are hills in our neighborhood. Every street is a hill. A mini-mountain. After 100 yards, my legs began to squeal. The brakes squealed, too.

In the old days, I rode 10 miles every day with ease. My best was 70 miles in one day. Not today. Today, I managed only 10 blocks. The Mystery Woman said she could hear the squeals as I rounded every corner. Mine or the bike’s she didn’t say.

Riding a bike is a great way to see the neighborhood -- from the ground up. Several times, I almost lost it. Wobbly. Once, as I rounded a corner, a woman on the sidewalk ran for cover. She left the sidewalk and headed straight for a stranger's porch. At flank speed.

When I finally made it to our home turf, my legs were tuckered. I could barely climb the three steps up the porch where the Mystery Woman was in tears from laughing so hard.

Tomorrow, we’ve going to start over. I think we’ll pack a lunch and ride to the corner.

3 comments:

Ken Martin said...

Good for you George. Don't let the hecklers get you down.

I'm nursing a leg-muscle problem now as a result of climbing too many big hills in northwest Austin, but they call to me...so what can I do?

I'm sorry you don't have a more accommodating terrain to get back on the bike and enjoy. Maybe you need to put the bike in your car and head to flatter spots to ease back into it.

“I thought of that while riding my bicycle.” -- Albert Einstein, on the Theory of Relativity

The South Plainsman said...

Golden years.

Tim O'Keefe said...

The key is consistency. Just one foot further each day, right?

"Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving" ~ Albert Einstein

Who knew Einstein was so into bikes?

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