Back in the Saddle…May 26

That’s my target date…May 26. I’m hoping to take my first real ride of the year on the 26th. By “real” I mean more than 30 minutes on the bike, as that’s all I’ve done so far. I’m trying to be wise and cautious in getting back to normal, and when I decide to push it I have Lori here to remind me that I’m being an idiot!

Yeah, I know, “smile!”

Yesterday was really a stellar day for me. No, I didn’t go to the Derby. Didn’t ride. But…I went to the gym for the first time in, well, forever. No weights, I’m not there yet, but I rode the bicycle for 30 minutes. I came home as excited as my grandkids on Christmas morning! I felt human again and it was wonderful. I’m a long way from being pain free at this point but it is tolerable and overall I feel better than I have felt in many months and I am thankful.

After looking in the mirror I decided that of the 20 pounds I have dropped, about 3 of it was fat and the other 17 was muscle and ass (Lori added the ass part!). And I can’t afford to lose either! I really look like a weak old man and I’m not happy about it one bit. We are heading to the beach next weekend and, man, am I going to look bad. My motorcycle dealer friend Ed considered Florida God’s Waiting Room…I will fit right in! I plan to do everything I can over the next few months to at least get some tone and strength back in my body, otherwise Lori is going to have to take up riding so she can pick the bike up when I fall!

My riding buddy and I are both facing a new challenge in our riding experience this year but I’m confident that with one another’s encouragement and our shared love for the sport we can overcome our obstacles. We are kicking around a few runs together to get back in the saddle.

In fact, if I have my way, this will be a big mile year for me. I have a newfound motivation to stop wasting opportunities to experience life on two wheels. And while I’m at it, I’m hoping to make a few other changes as well. Such as try to become as nice of a person as those who don’t know me very well think I am. To see my family more. To let them know how much I love them all. To be a better husband to what has to be the most wonderful woman in the world. And to be more patient, slow down and enjoy the ride.

Wish me luck!



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