I did my second post surgery ride today! I rode for an hour and I do hurt a little but not as bad as when I did 20 minutes last week so that is a huge improvement! It is also a huge improvement to my mood. I just did a casual slow ride up Riverside from my house, a little over 13 miles.
I didn’t realize just how much I was needing it. I have been battling a little bit of depression recently. I started feeling anxious and depressed before my surgery and it has only become worse. This is something I have battled with on and off in life and exercise, particularly biking, helps. A lot. I have been able to go to the gym a little recently and that has helped but really nothing is as therapeutic as getting out on two wheels and seeing the world around me. Having been over a month since my last really good ride I had almost forgotten how awesome it is.
I rode slow but not too slow considering it was my first good ride since surgery last month. It was a nice cool quiet Sunday morning and I pedaled and pedaled. I wanted to go further but was afraid to get too far from the house and worried about the pain. I felt fine the whole time I rode but stopped once to check how I felt and as soon as I put my foot down I was reminded. The pain is still there and isn’t gone yet. But it’s getting better and less every day. So home I headed to make sure I didn’t overdo it.
Hopefully my mental pain can follow along with my foot and continue to get better. Get out and ride, even if it’s a slow ride!