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?
- 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.