This week marks the first time in 3 years that I commuted to work by bike. Oh it was wonderful, cool breezy mornings and warm afternoons make early summer the best time to ride. With the better weather and a newly added shower in our office it was the right time to start. I must admit the docs are right when saying exercise helps with the fatigue that comes with cancer treatment, I have a bit more pep in my step.
Of all my obsessions in life cycling came first. The day that I no longer needed training wheels my rear wheel was off and I was trying to rid it of the coaster brake, how little I knew. I can't explain why I was hooked. Partly it was the freedom that came with the bike, and partly it was something to tinker with. I didn't buy a brand new bike until high school, before that they were always used and needed a little TLC.
The first of many shops I worked at was Spoke and Ski. This was an odd place to be a wrench at, the following things actually happened:
- Sales team were in the back doing Whip-Its on my first day.
- Managers smoked weed regularly in the room next to my bike stand.
- Employees dealt drugs and fake IDs through the shop.
- There were regular parties during and after hours of operation.
Clearly there was a reason this shop was affectionately known as Spoke and Toke.
My first introduction to professional racing was watching Greg Lemond win the Tour De France. And I must admit I was a huge fan and grand apologist for Lance Armstrong, the day that all the sworn testimonies of his friends and teammates came out was a sad day for me. Sadder still, months after it all came out I met the man at his bike shop. I may or may not have, but definitely did fanboy on him. It was a wildly conflicted and quick handshake and conversation.
After a stint off the bike and the summer before Edmund was born I decided it was time to lose some weight and get back on the bike. 50 Pounds and many miles later I was a lean mean cycling machine in the best shape I was ever in. I entered my 30th year well. I rode two 100 mile endurance races and some road races. I was getting as many miles as I could. Sadly a running injury got me off the bike and I have been off ever since.
And now, at the end of this day I have commuted three times to work and have plans to get on the bike as much as I can. Whether they are rides with the kids in the trailer, commuting to work, or putting down 50 miles on a weekend day I will be making use of my steeds.