Sunday, 3 August 2014
A New Set of Wheels!!
I have been thinking about this for quite a while. We have a cycle track where we live so ideal as I can ride off rode as I don't think I have the confidence to try the roads and traffic yet. I am sure my husband thought I was joking about getting a bike until it arrived! It came partly assembled and I am afraid the instructions left a lot to be desired. My husband put it together but he was still concerned about the brakes ....so we took it to a local bike repairer.
The young man who looked at it was a little disapproving as it its a "sit up and beg" style not the one the serious cyclists want! He also said it was a funny colour! I told him that I liked it and that is all that matters! Grrr!
Anyway its fixed and I had my first ride yesterday.......I only fell off once! I quickly got up and made sure no-one had seen me!! I have been out on it again today and I am getting used to it. The expression "its like riding a bike" is not as true as I thought. The inference is that you never forget and just pick up where you left off! Not the case! Maybe as I am much older balance is a challenge and I do feel that at times the bike is running away with me! Anyway I have put up with the good natured teasing and mockery from family and friends and I will show them quite soon how competent I am.
So what was the thinking behind my purchase? Well over the past few weeks we have seen so much in the press about keeping active and how important this is. Now I am very active already always busy, go to the gym and so on but I thought the bike would add another dimension. It certainly has - it is hard work - maybe because I am inexperienced but my legs and core felt as if I had done a workout.
I am a firm believer in preventative medicine - use it or lose it! Certainly when I look at some of my contemporaries I can't believe that they are resigned to "old age". Mobility for many has become a problem and has affected their quality of life. If you follow a sedentary life style and are overweight then you are stacking up problems for yourself.
Sermon over :) You know what I mean though don't you? One day I may have no option but to be dependent on others.....but I hope I am putting off that day!
One simple word was used this week in the campaign for health and fitness............
(ps I do have a safety helmet satisfying H & S)