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2 Years Later........(6 posts)

2 Years Later........rattie
Oct 6, 2002 2:13 AM
G'day from Oz...

Any tips for someone returning back to the bike after a 2yr lay off?

Yes thats right a 2YEAR lay off.

Anybody else had such a longtime off the bike?...Can you provide any tips for getting back on and staying motivated?

Thanks in advance.
Why the layoff? Injury? It'll make a difference in advice. nmrtyszko
Oct 6, 2002 7:09 AM
The Reason for the lay off.......rattie
Oct 6, 2002 2:37 PM
The long lay off was due to the fact I was run of the road and assaulted by a guy in a pickup truck (I'm a bloke not a chick BTW) who decided that cyclists don't belong on the road at all.

It went to court he was fined etc..but I lost the will to get on the bike, so I guess it was worth it for less cyclist to hinder his drive up the road on a daily basis.
re: 2 Years Later........Me Dot Org
Oct 6, 2002 8:01 AM
I stopped for over 10 years. I blew out my ACL (big knee injury) on my bike, was in a toe-to-thigh cast for 3 months, and have screws holding my leg together. I didn't want to look at the bike for a long time.

I guess the best advice I would give is to recognize that you won't be able to enjoy your old level of performance right away. Be patient with your body. Give yourself time. It will come back.

The most important thing to rediscover is the joy of riding. Once you do that, your performance and training will follow.
re: 2 Years Later........aliensporebomb
Oct 7, 2002 9:23 AM
My layoff was EIGHT years (long story, I won't bore you).

Needless to say, start slow and just enjoy getting on a
bike again. If you don't have a suitable bike, well the
fun part is playing catch-up to find out what's out there.

Go find a bike that says "ride me" and get it.

You'll probably see every driver as a potential threat but
I think in many cases it's just one loser who makes it hard
for everyone else.

Sorry to hear you had a difficult time with one particular
idiot - just get back out there and don't stop. Maybe find
a friend to go riding with might help too.

I don't think motivation is the problem with you, indeed,
you are probably thinking "self-preservation". At first
you might want to consider just riding multi-user paths or
the like but the road will call you soon enough.

Depending on where you live, you may or may not have some
alternative places to ride like old railroad grades turned
to trails and what-not.

Good luck.
re: 2 Years Later........koala
Oct 7, 2002 11:46 AM
My layoff was due to the death of my brother who got me into cycling and regularly kicked my ass. When he died I lost the desire for a lot of things, cycling included. I was given a Colnago(long story) and found the love of cycling again. I am no where near where I once was but I have my health back(I got fat) and I can still here my brother looking back and encouraging me up steep grades.