Pure joy in getting back on the road again!

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Final­ly got back on my bike today for the first time in 2021, after sev­en months recov­er­ing from spinal surgery. The shit­ty weath­er and blow­ing cold Bal­larat wind couldn’t take away from my sheer joy in being back on the road, with the wind in my face, fight­ing back tears of relief. When I hurt myself again last year, I didn’t know whether or not I’d get back to rid­ing again, as my last tour exac­er­bat­ed my back prob­lems and I spent quite a few months wor­ried about ever get­ting back.

The orig­i­nal plan was to wait until Sep­tem­ber, but a com­bi­na­tion of watch­ing the Olympics, eat­ing copi­ous amounts of food for my birth­day yes­ter­day, stack­ing on near­ly ten kilos, and over­whelm­ing bore­dom has got­ten me back out there soon­er, and I’m very glad I did so. I only did one lap of the lake, 8km and nice and easy (which isn’t to say I wasn’t exhaust­ed!) but a good first ride.

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