I’ve had time off the bike before, but never due to an accident or something beyond my control. The first time I rode Round the Bay (220km), maybe 15 years ago, I took six weeks off – let’s call it an extended recovery period.
But I’ve never been forced to stay off the bike. It’s always been my choice.
So after 3 weeks of confinement, this morning I remounted a bike that wasn’t anchored to the ground and headed off into the joy that is early rush hour traffic.
I can’t change the front derailleur or use the back brake. Every little bump, and I do mean EVERY, sends a sharp pain up my arm. I can only really ride on the hoods – the way the splint sits on my arm means I’ve got limited rotation of my wrist (I wonder why?) so I can’t get on the drops very well.
But you know what …. best 20k I’ve ridden in a long time!