First Solo


In the few years I’ve owned my bike, I’ve never ridden it solo. If none of my cycling friends were available for an outing, I didn’t ride. Why?

Fear.

  • What if I have a flat tire? I don’t yet have the knack of changing them.
  • What if I throw a chain?
  • What if a dog attacks? It was fighting off an attempted dog attack in 2008 that caused me to tear my ACL and meniscus. Never mind that I was doing yard work, not cycling. PTSD is PTSD.
  • What if I crash?

Sunday morning I was in the mood for a pre-church ride. I hadn’t made plans with anyone. For a fleeting moment I entertained the thought of taking an 8 a.m. spin class, but being inside just wouldn’t cut it. I decided to throw my “what ifs” aside and get out there.

One of those what ifs was realized. I threw a chain. It took three attempts, but I fixed it.

This is where I started. The walkway took me through a tunnel, over a little bridge to...

This is where I started. The walkway took me through a tunnel, over a little bridge to…

Here. A quiet little park with a cycling/walking path...

Here. A quiet little park with a cycling/walking path…

 

...and a dog park.

…and a dog park.

Doesn't this look like a peaceful place? We love cycling here.

From there I cruised through a nearby senior living community. So peaceful.

 

Beautiful green space within the community.

Beautiful green space within the community.

Another green space shot.

Another green space shot.

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2 Responses to First Solo

  1. Solo rides can be very refreshing. No time pressure, set your own pace, or change your course on a wim. I find it allows me to clear my head and relax a little more.

    • Pam Brown says:

      Now that I’m over that first hump, I will no longer let lack of riding buddies keep me off the roads. I do want to take a tire changing course, though.

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