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It isn't the falling, it is the fear

Saturday, August 09, 2014

It is amazing how many times you fall and get up again, just to fall once more. I am back after a long year of seeing physical therapists and doctors. I am back to walking three miles a day, which is half of what I was able to walk last year at the same time.

I think this last injury was frustrating. It was very unexpected, and I had so much work to do that it compounded my life in ways that I couldn't even begin to imagine. But, at the same time, I think I see more possible ways to stay fit because of the injury. Last month I decided to start swimming again, and I am using a physical therapist recommended piece of equipment that is gentle on joints. I am also taking up cycling outdoors, which was suggested by two of my doctors.

I am looking forward to that more than any of the other activities. I used to enjoy riding bike. I would easily ride from the town that I lived in to a nearby town, and spend hours visiting relatives and friends. However, I got out of the habit after having a few bad falls.

In 2005 I reignited my enthusiasm for cycling. I rode around town with my daughter, and was really enjoying myself. I often daydreamed about participating in long distance rides across the U.S. Ah, but once again, I had an accident and my enthusiasm was quickly extinguished.

This month I plan on getting a new bike. But this time, I am going to purchase a bike that actually fits my stature, and abilities. I think it wasn't the falling down that kept me from riding, so much as the fear of falling. Falls can be serious, and reinjuring myself isn't an option. So, I decided to take a few preventative steps to prevent falls altogether. When I was younger I always wanted the bike that looked like the ones on the "Tour de France". This time, I think I will stick with a bicycle that I can actually ride!

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