This morning I was presented with a dilemma. Due to a combination of (1) an unexpectedly heavy night and (2) a communication break down, I found myself all ready to go for a ride but no-one to cycle with.
So far, whenever I’ve cycled on the road I have done so with a wing man to accompany me. Initially this was as a safety precaution. Cycling as a pair provided comfort that any unforeseen Heart issues could be attended to quickly, and also meant that I could rely on someone a bit more experienced to help with any more “run of the mill” cycling problems (flat tyres, minor accidents, getting lost, etc.). It therefore helped build confidence; mine and everyone else’s.
Up to this point I have not really considered cycling on the road by myself. It’s just not been a factor. This morning I was ready to ride, but alone. Hence, my dilemma.
There were plenty of reasons not to head out… besides all the reasons I prefer to cycle with company… it was a bit cold and clouds were gathering (a hint of snow perhaps?). There were plenty of flimsy but credible excuses if I wanted one.
Having had one abortive trip already this winter due to cold weather, I now have all the kit necessary to keep me warm. So, the decision came down to whether I was up for it or not. As it turned out, it really wasn’t that much of a decision. It turns out that cycling is just something I do now.
So, I headed out. I followed a route I know well. I kept my cadence high, gears low. I stayed well within my physical limits and I had a rest en route. I returned safely after an uneventful ride, feeling good. No biggie!
I feel like I’ve moved beyond the stage where I cycle as part of my Cardiac Rehabilitation. Now I just cycle. Of course it’s good for me. Of course I constantly monitor my Heart Rate to keep in “in the range”. However, I think I’ve graduated beyond being a Heart Attack Survivor that cycles a bit, to being a “Novice Cyclist”. A small but significant milestone!