At some point in time all of us will be forced off the bike for some reason or other. For me, this time turned out to be 2010. A few beers and the second installment of Smokey and the Bandit left me incapacitated for almost the first half of the year. All I could to to console myself, was the knowledge that such an injury could only happen to an elite sportsman under these circumstances.
During the downtime I was thinking being injured and away from my bicycles was a real pain in the behind, little did I know it paled into insignificance compared to actually getting back on the bike.
Come June and I am a new man…….well an old man with a few issues in the back that need managing, but I digress, the thing I was hanging for the most while stuck in a never ending rut of inactivity was a ride on my bike. I didn’t care if it is was just up to the local servo for a rainbow paddlepop, I wanted to ride.
Well, this weekend just gone the time finally came. The so called experts have told me not to venture off road for a while yet, so off on my newly acquired but not so new road bike I went. Now, I had been told to take it easy and not to venture too far, so after planning my route carefully to give me a 15-20km cruise what to I go and do?………..throw that plan out the window and go off for a 50km hit out. Seemed like the right thing to do at the time and I suspect any sane person would have done the same.
Not really a big deal, my back felt the best it has in a long long time afterward so that was good, but something I learnt from this was that bike seats are not made for comfort and extended time off them is the cause of a real pain in the……. I’ve gone from walking funny with a bad back, to walking funny for reasons and bruises I don’t want to talk about.
So while its great to be back, next time I take an extended break from the saddle, I’ll be purchasing one of those big comfy spring loaded things. Maybe I should just go down to the LBS for a new comfy saddle now, after all its for a good cause.