I have nothing but good news.
In the last two days I have been on three bike rides.
On wednesday night Todd took me out for the first mountain bike ride I’ve been on since breaking my arm (nearly the first ride of ANY sort since breaking my arm, though I have to admit a couple of trips to fairway on the nose bike in the last few weeks..)
When I broke my arm I swallowed hard and accepted the possibility that by the time my arm was healed up enough to ride the rest of me might be far too sick to. In the line up of things that I have had to accept with this fucking disease, I have to say that was one of the hardest.
Todd is the best ride shepherd I have ridden with. He is not competitive. His goal is for everyone to have a good time. I knew that I was in good hands. We left from my brother’s back yard and headed into the trails that my brother and Gunnar have been working on. I swung my leg over the UTA and is just felt so very right! Almost as though the bike was built for me!! My arm felt fine. Seems to be all healed up. My BALANCE felt fine.. No sign that the copious amounts of narcotics that I’m on have effected motor skills at all.. My LEGS felt fine, miraculously. I haven’t done any exersize in the two months since I broke my arm and yet.. there they were!! It took me about three minutes of riding to feel as though I’d never stopped! We didn’t do a long ride.. 25 minutes or so. That had been the plan. I did feel a little winded at the top of one or two steep climbs.. I did feel that things have moved around in my body. I’ll admit, a creepy feeling. BUT not pain, happily. We got back to the house in one piece.
“SO. How’d he do?” asked Zach.
“Tenititve for the first two minutes and then Strava hot lap.. He hasn’t lost anything..”
“Well.. That’s pretty fucking irritating..”
I ate a lot that night. I slept well.
Yesterday morning I went out again, this time with Zach and Gunnar. Three Caldwell boys on their Fast Boy bikes!!! Pretty awesome.
Gunnar is a CHAMP. The kid can really ride! He’s got excellent balance. He can stall on a tricky spot, but then hang with it and keep going. It made me so proud. Thinking back to our crazy week together in the shop building that bike.. Then seeing him ride it, and seeing him ride it so well! I WILL get some video. Stay tuned.
When I got back from that ride, Hill was ready for a turn.. SO off we went. I used Todd’s monster cross bike and HIll and I went on a little dirt road ride around the backroads where I grew up. TOO fun. Got caught in the rain.. rode some really steep hills. Hill did great! She’s only ever ridden a bike in the city.. Flat pavement. Hill’s (up and down) with loose dirt and washboards are a pretty different story, but she kicked ass… AND SOMEHOW I managed to keep going too! I think we probably ended up riding about 20 miles.
I’m writing this post from the the offices of Caldwell Law. My cousin Tim is an estate lawyer and has prepared my will. It is a very strange feeling to be stopping in to write up my will on the way to pre-ride a course that Amy (my sister in law) will be racing on Sunday. Hill is going to have her first mountain bike ride! The course is apparently smooth and rolly and fast, so it seemed like a good time to put Hill on the proto TA and let her have a crack at it.
So there you have it. There’s my update. I’m feeling GREAT! I’m riding bikes. So is Hill. The food is great because produce at this time of year in Vermont is unbeatable.
FINALLY! I have an exciting announcement. I’ll have some more to say about this in another post, but at the moment, Hill and Amy are waiting for me to finish up so that we can get to the course and RIDE!!
There is a hand built bike show in NYC coming up in about a month. The folks organizing it have dedicated it to me, and will be donating a percentage of the proceeds to whatever charity I decide! The UTA will be on display along with the Assless and the Hardass. I will BEGIN the auction for the UTA that weekend. I hope to see you all there!
Ok. Off to ride bikes!!
Fast Boy out.