I Bought A Bicycle!

On July 4th most people hang out with friends or family at barbecues and picnics, playing games, drinking beer, laughing and having fun.  That doesn’t for me, at least not any more. I did have lunch with a friend, which was wonderful, as we sat by the flooding river and enjoyed ourselves at an outdoor restaurant.  Afterwards, we shopped.  We used to shop a lot together, but we stopped that practice because it was not good for either of our bank accounts.  We are bad influences for each other when we shop!  And we know it.  So going shopping together can be dangerous thing for us to do.

I have thought about buying a bicycle for a while.  I need to get exercise.  I was told, however, by a couple of doctors many years ago that I should not ride a “regular” bike again, because of my back issues.  My bicycle “should be” a recumbent bicycle.  I listened to the doctors and stopped riding a bicycle. I bought a recumbent stationary bicycle and use it sometimes.  It’s just not as much fun.  I recently decided that I was going to try to ride a regular bicycle again.  I am tired of all the “rules” and “limitations” that I have been given.  I have listened and I have followed them and I am bored with life.  it seems that I sit in my house and do very little.  Most days that’s all I feel like doing; but those other days, I want to DO something!  So, I bought a bicycle.  It is not a fancy bicycle, it’s old, it’s a cheap brand and I didn’t pay a lot for it.  A number of people have laughed at it because it is “cheap,” or it is “old” or it has “rust” on it.  I don’t really care about all of that.  It fits me well and it works. The gear shifter was broken and it cost almost as much to get a new one put on as I paid for the bike.  Without a new one though, I couldn’t ride it at all.

After I adjusted the seat and the handlebars, put air in the tires and cleaned up the bike, it was time to try it out.  I got on, pedaled for about thirty seconds and got so dizzy I couldn’t see! Got off the bicycle and put it away.  Not an auspicious start to my new hobby!  I decided I must just be tired and it would be better the next day after I rested.  And it was.  The next day it was even better.  Now I can ride a bit farther every day!  Of course, yesterday I guess I rode a little too far and had an asthma  attack.  I will remember my inhaler from now on, though.

The main thing is that I bought a bicycle! I broke the rules.  I am pushing my limits in a controlled way.  I’m not doing anything too crazy and I’m working up to being able to ride around my whole neighborhood so that I can eventually be able to ride in the park. I will get there.  Maybe I will like it so much that I will buy a better bicycle, but for now the bicycle I have will do just fine.  After all, it deserves another chance as much as I do.

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21 thoughts on “I Bought A Bicycle!

  1. wendy@chezchloe

    I don’t do near enough biking- but it’s very hilly around here and I like a flat road! My favorite was to bike ride along the Elbe river when we lived in Hamburg. It brought smiles and sometimes even laughter (I think you do have to practice:) – Have fun!

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    1. praw27 Post author

      I like a flat road too! Especially now, since I haven’t been on a bicycle for at least 10 years. My lack of stamina is bringing laughter to me, and I’ll admit some discouragement. I am determined, though! I will continue to go a bit farther each day! Thanks for visiting my blog, I am glad you like it!

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  2. AmyRose

    Good for you! I always break the rules and push the limits. Always. The docs told me in 2004 I would be in a wheelchair IF I did not have more back surgeries to have a titanium cage put in, and I said NO. I ride a bike too. I also walk a lot and I carry a backpack now with all my camera equipment in it, that weighs about 25 pounds. I will NOT give in, and my body IS getting stronger!! Keep up the great work!!! Love, Amy

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    1. praw27 Post author

      Yes, Amy, I need to get better about which “rules” I follow and which ones I don’t. Some I have to, as I know I would really screw things up if I didn’t, others I think are just plain silly. It’s always about finding the balance! Love,Phyl

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      1. AmyRose

        Remember, your body and your Heart will let YOU know what rules are silly and which ones to throw out. We all need to take responsibilities of our own selves, for we truly are the only ones who knows what is best for us. Not someone else. (usually). Love, Amy

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    1. praw27 Post author

      Yeah, I don’t think I’m up to all that! It took lots of energy and many “rest breaks” just to get this one cleaned up…haven’t got the rust off yet. Then I’ll have to see about paint. It is a great idea though and I could always use a few dollars in my pocket…couldn’t everyone! Thanks for the idea, keep ’em comin’!

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      1. praw27 Post author

        We are! I am just not good about putting in my info…food and activity and sleep…sometimes I forget to wear it. Need to get better at that. I do see your name on there when I check my app though!

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    1. praw27 Post author

      Is that because of the roads? Traffic? Both? I honestly do not know a lot about India, but I am always willing to learn! I know that we in the US are very spoiled. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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    1. praw27 Post author

      Young lady? Wow. Been along time since I have heard that. You are commonly referred to as “SuperLu” now. I like it, it fits, in so many ways!

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