Most of you know the hell I've been though over the past two years, so....I FINALLY was able to get back on my bike (cycling is my life!) after a two year absence. I can't believe how much I missed it, and how out of shape my legs are! Today was my first full ride, and it felt wonderful!!! I've been out twice over the past two weeks, but only for really short rides, just to get my feet wet so to speak (by short, I mean less the 20 kilometres).
Today was by no means a record for me, thanks to google maps I know I went exactly 33.98 kilometers, and stopped only twice to rest, but before you ooohhhh and ahhhh, keep in mind my usual rides, when I'm healthy, are no less the 45-50 kilometers/day, so I still have a long way to go, but damn, did it ever feel good to be back on the water front trails (I'm in Toronto) with just me, my iPod, my bike, and the wind between my ears!
Given that I still have another surgery to endure in the next few months (no date set yet) I'm going to enjoy this as much as I can. Besides, the stronger I am going into it, the faster I'll heal. Aside from my constant partial obstructions, I'm seriously considering another K pouch. I've learned to live with the ileostomy, but it's such a pain, in so many ways, and it keeps falling off after I exercise from excessive sweating. Probably because I exercise for a tad longer then most (usually a few hours). But I'll be damned if I'm going to let anything slow me down, especially not after being bed bound for the past two years...stay tuned boys and girls!
Ps - please don't tell me I shouldn't expect the same level of energy because I'm not 20 anymore (even my doctor said that, what does he know?). I'm only 45, and have zero plans of slowing down any time soon. My record to date was cycling from my home in downtown, to Niagara Falls, and back, I have got to top that either late this year or next! (I did that ride three years ago, it's 110k each way, but I cheated, my parents use to live there, so I slept at their place, and came back the following day, it takes a while to cycle that far).