Me and the Pole
Saturday, September 19, 2009
I wish I could say this entry is about some awesome pole exercise class I took that really made me feel confident. Unfortunately its not...
Today after several years of not using my bike I convinced my fiance to take me for a ride on the bike path by our house. I was really excited but also nervous because I hadn't biked in a long time. I know how the old saying goes 'it's just like riding a bike' but I wasn't feeling so confident.
Every time someone would be coming in the other direction I got nervous and at a couple points actually froze to let people pass. The path had several poles throughout to keep people from driving on them but there was still lots of room for bikes to pass between them. In my mind, however, there was no room for error and my heart would race every time i went by one. About half way around the path there was a women walking a little dog on one side of the pole and I knew I'd have to quickly change to the other side if I wanted to pass. I made my move and tried to hug the left side of the path. Everything was going great....until suddenly within feet of the pole i realized I was heading back into its direction! My fiance says afterwards that he thinks I was so fixated with it I couldn't stop myself. Anyways - I smacked headon right into it leaving a big scrape and bruise on my hand, sholder and thigh. I thought I was going to faint or puke but after sitting/laying for a while my dizzyness got better.
I'm feeling pretty silly right now - especially when I had to walk my bike back home (I bent the wheel and couldnt' use my left hand) passing by many little kids happily speeding along on their bikes.
Oh well. I hope I have the courage to get back on the bike soon (when my hand heals).