Actually, it is riding a bike. I’m happy to say that I took a bike ride today, for the first time in a long time. When I wrote about my recent dedication to running last week, I stated that it had been at least two months. I was shocked when I checked my garmin today after my ride:
I hadn’t really planned to take a ride this morning (left up to me, my non-riding streak would probably be six months), but Alan wanted to ride and at the last minute I decided to join him. It had been so long that I felt like I’d forgotten my pre-ride routine, but I managed not to take too long to get dressed, prepare my fluids, eat a little breakfast, and air up my tires (they were flat from disuse!). I also put a little bit of charge on my garmin, which was totally dead.
After so long, I was a little afraid that I would feel awkward on my bike, reverting to beginner mode all over again, but I needn’t have worried. It was like, well, it was like riding a bike. It came right back, although I felt a little sore in the saddle after a relatively short ride.
Edit: It is now the following day, and I am very discouraged to say that after a couple months of relief it took just one ride on the bike and my back pain has returned with a vengeance. I don’t think I’ve blogged about my back spasms before (if I wrote about all my aches and pains this would be one whiny blog!), but my back has been giving me problems for over a year. We bought a new mattress about six months ago and I had high hopes, but the problems continued. The relief I’ve had recently I have kind of attributed to the yoga, but obviously the cycling is the problem. While that doesn’t mean I’m giving it up, I do need to think about what I’m going to do, maybe get refitted on my bike and see if that helps. For right now, it’s back to running, not a punishment by any means, although my short run this morning was punishing. I muddled through a short run with bike legs and a sore back, and now I sit with an ice pack looking at doing some restorative yoga instead of heading off to class.
Yoga Challenge Update
I have completed three weeks of my 30 day Yoga Challenge. Because of our early start, I was able to make the 9:00 all level Vinyasa class at Yoga Central. Studio owner April Jones teaches the Saturday morning class and it is my favorite. Her class is challenging, interesting fun, and did I say challenging? I sweat so much in class that my hair gets curly! Day 22 is complete, with a tough 90 minute Vinyasa flow.
We went to dinner tonight with my son Nathan and his wife Sarah, who is expecting my grandchild in November. We went to PF Chang’s, which has vegan options for Alan and me. They brought their Pomeranian, Teddy, who got to spend the evening with his new cousins, Penny, Goldie, Sydney, Lily, and Olivia. They apparently had a great time and appeared to have bonded forever by the time we got home from dinner.