Everything was going wrong since 24 hours before I took the plunge and bought this cycle last Sunday. Everything kept going wrong for a good 24 hours and more after I got this cycle.
Weather, home, emotions, money and more.
It may have been a bad start, but I sure hope and believe that this Hybrid Trek will take me to a happier place in my health and life.
I took it for its first spin yesterday. It was cold, 32 degree weather, with a mix of snow and rain and sharp cold wind. I suited up fine enough, but the face bore the brunt of the cold. I huffed and puffed in the cold, panting through shallow breaths willing for my thighs to spin me forward.
I clocked about 4 minute mile. I have no clue if that is good or bad, but it seemed right enough for the first time I was cycling after 20 years of no cycling. I used to enjoy riding my BSA SLR all the way from my home in Nungambakkam to Good Shepherd at the edge of N high road, College road and Sterling Rd.
I loved Sterling Road back then. It was flanked by enormous green shady trees, wide, and empty. Not anymore of course. I loved zipping down the subway (the low tunnel road under the railway tracks) before Loyola College in the corner and I loved using the momentum to pedal fast uphill. I enjoyed the wind in my face and the freedom of being alone as I day dreamed my way to school. I even gave the occasional roadside romeo a piece of my mind as they tried to push me off the road with their bikes or catcalls.
That was then.
Now, am older with a lot more cellulite, tight muscles, barely there cartilage in my knees, one fresh tear in my left knee and a heavier heart and mind and well, cycling is a lot harder.
I have a goal. I want my Trek to be the source of comfort my blue BSA was to me back then.
2014 – here I come.
Wish me luck?
I lost a couple of tyres around the midsection in the recent illness. My goal is to keep them away.
Yep, think we are all climbing into this place where we now have no choice but to keep the tyres off!
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