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Learning how to Re Ride my bike post accident

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

I had to get myself up on my bicycle again, since the horrific cycling accident in Jan. To ease back into the saddle a friend brought over his super delux Trainer and mounted my bike on it.

At first, I ignored the bicycle...if I ignore it, will the pain in my pelvic not start to ache, if I ignore it, will it make it all better, if I ignore it will I ever get back to riding my bicycle?????

Yeah, yeah...the only that happened with ignoring the bicycle was, I didnt exercise and gained weight.

So one day I sat on the cycle, still mounted on the trainer. The anxiety that came over me was such a panic; body broke out in a sweat, breathing was rapid and shallow, I felt like I was falling...so I jump right off. Boy Howdy, that was the hardest thing I've done in awhile.

Took to sitting on the sucka every day, then put my feet in the pedals, then did a couple of rotations, until one day.....I suited up, and attacked the bike with a vengance...VICTORY IS MINE (I yelled...and I'm sure the entire apt complex heard).

Cranked up the IPOD, and hit it for an hour. Did that a few days, then one day it was time to graduate to the Great Outdoors.

OHHHH NOOO...darn that panic..TOO BAD, I had already taken the bike off the Trainer and I didnt know how to put it back...FORCED to ride it outside.

The pains of panic were coursing through my hands, arms, and legs, I ignored them and started out on the street; hypervigilante of any crack or deformation in the road.
Having to pass my first runner, just about caused me to fall off the bike, and when others passed me, I almost swerved into the drainage ditch....30 minutes was QUITE long enough for THAT 1st day.

Today was my 4th attempt at riding. I've gotten up to 50 miles at times, but today I took my friend out for her first ride on her own bicycle.....the cruise was GREAT. I felt so in control...oh yeah, I was the Pro with my student....chick-a-boom-boom..
.Pardon me while the MASTER coasts through this pathway...thank ya....thank ya very much....THEN P=O=P!!!!!!!!!!....

Ran over a screw so badly, it was unfixable. So we walked a few miles, until a Good Samaritan (G.S.) stopped to help repair my tire. After two patches, it was determined the valve was broken and the tire no longer would hold air.

My G.S., Frank, happened to be a bicycle repair man and had a full kit on his bike (except had run out of tubes). When he couldn't fix my tire, he called his wife, who brought the van and picked the three of us and our bikes up and dropped my friend and I at my apt.
...it wasn't 5 minutes prior that I was complaining that usually cyclists stop and at least ASK if you need help....and lo and behold...TAAAA DAAAA...The Calvery arrived (so much for my faith-how emBAREarsing).

This didn't scare off my friend and once I get my tube replaced, we are going to start biking as much as possible.

Here below are some photos of our biking adventure....my friend snuck off with my camera, and had some fun
1st photo is me and my GS
2nd photo is my friend is glam'in it up....sheesh, that girl, too much fun!


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    Good for you Debie. Face those demons and beat 'em down with a bike tire.
    3940 days ago

    Such an inspiration, good for you!
    3947 days ago
  • no profile photo CD1904002
    Way to get right back on it! Did you get your bike fixed yet - gotta be ready for this weekend! Its so nice to know that there are still some good people out there and they stop to help - gives us all some hope. Have a great weekend :-)

    3954 days ago
    Way to get back on the "hause", Deb! I have had a couple accidents myself, (one was a broken back!), and that is the only one can do....Get back on and ride~! Fear is crippling and we have to work hard to overcome it. You are awesome, my sweet, beautiful friend~XO
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    3954 days ago
    Debie, you amaze me! Way to go for facing your fears and getting back out there! I hope to have the chance to ride with you one day... I believe were relatively close so we need to plan something! And THANK GOODNESS for GS!!!!! Woo-Hoo!
    3956 days ago
    GOOD GOD woman you are awesome! And so, so brave! When I grow up I want to be Debie... emoticon
    3957 days ago
  • NANCYCA555
    HERE'S TO GOOD SAMARITANS! Nice people rock.
    On another note, that post-traumatic stress syndrome is a b**ch. I'm proud of you for battling your fear and working up to getting back on your bike. You look hot in your picture with the GS, btw.

    3957 days ago
    Debbie - I too am just reading this blog with no knowledge of your accident, but I know it is very hard to face the fear and get back on that bike, and I am so very proud of you!
    You have inspired me - I was in a motor-scooter accident two years ago, and I have not been on a good ride since. I may need to work on that!

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    3957 days ago
  • 250STRONG
    I'm late to the party so I don't know the details of your crash, but I will say that I'm so proud of you for conquering your fears! That's exactly what it's all about.
    3957 days ago
    Wow! Way to attack that fear and overcome it. It just goes to show just what a strong and determined woman you are. Now you know NOTHING will hold you back from anything you do! As for the flat tire. Well, just goes to prove that despite problems along the way of life, there are others that are waiting in the wings to help you.

    This is awesome! I'm so happy and proud for you!


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    3957 days ago
    emoticon !!! Getting back on and attacking it is the best thing you could do!!
    3957 days ago
    Like riding a horse...You have to get back on after being thrown. The saying goes.."It's not if you wreck, but when". So glad you are giving it another go! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3957 days ago
    Great blog Debie, and great achievement! Darned scary to come back to a sport that hurt you so badly.

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    3957 days ago
    Victory is yours! Good for you! emoticon

    I got hit by a car about 10 years ago on my bike. Got the bike fixed, got over the bumps, scrapes and bruises (not near as bad as yours... lucky me!), but couldn't for the longest time ride past that corner without feeling a sense of dread and panic. Finally forced myself to do it, now I can do it with barely a thought (but I do ride much closer to the curb there.) So good for you pushing yourself past the fear! That's the only way to do it! emoticon

    As far as running over a screw and ruining your tire? Hey.... Better the tire than you! emoticon
    3957 days ago
    Debbie, you brave, inspiring woman!
    Nothing NOTHING defeats you.
    It must have taken a will of iron to get on that bike and face your fears and you did it girlfriend.
    So nice to see you getting stronger and stronger...and happy

    Loving the pout
    3957 days ago
  • no profile photo CD4385011
    LOVE the story!!! I'm glad that Frank was able to help out and I'm also glad that you were able to conquer your fears and get back ON that back!!
    3957 days ago
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