It Really Is Like Riding a Bicycle

Yesterday I accompanied my coaching client on her long run by riding my mountain bike. I had already done my own 9 mile speed workout that morning, so I didn’t want to put more miles on my feet. My plantar fasciitis seems to be on the mend (knock wood) thanks to ART therapy, targeted strength workouts for PF and this weird little Flexibrace thing that I’ve been wearing at night. It works and was less than $10! <=not sponsored, just a happy customer.


this thing works! and isn’t at all uncomfortable

I was kind of nervous because I haven’t been on my bike in over a decade, since before I went to rehab.  I used to bike to the liquor store in my drinking days because I didn’t want to drive drunk. The store was only a mile away. I’m not saying this was at all responsible. It’s actually terrible and sad. I remember one time I’d loaded the saddlebags with too much wine and one bottle bounced out and broke on the street. And I seriously thought about seeing if I could salvage the little wine left in in bottom half of the bottle, glass shards be damned. And I thought about going back to the store to replace the bottle then and there because damnit if I didn’t need to have the original number of bottles for that evening.

My guess is that I rode yesterday a little steadier than when I was intoxicated. On that, my memory is fuzzy. But what I did notice was that riding 11 miles was super easy compared to how I felt riding the simple two miles back then. I even had my bike in the highest gear so that it was a little easier to ride with my runner. My fitness level is so much better than when I was sick with my alcoholism, it’s shocking. I’m saddlesore today, but otherwise fine. I won’t say I was 100% confident on the thing, but I did well.

My runner did great also! I’m glad I was able to coach her through the run (although much of it was general chit chat rather than me commenting on her running). We had a really pleasant afternoon. It was really nice to make a new association with the bike, one that was a saner, healthier me.


23 thoughts on “It Really Is Like Riding a Bicycle

  1. That brace looks cool! I had PF last year. I tried everything from graston, ART, acupuncture, a night splint etc. But your brace looks way cooler. My PF has never gone away completely but it’s not an everyday thing anymore either so I’m totally buying that splint. The one I have – the futuro- is awful! The thing that helped mine the most was graston, but ART was a close second for relief! Nice job biking 🙂

    • My PF seems to be much better. It would’ve healed sooner if I hadn’t, ahem, continued to run on it. But PF is one of those injuries that it is safe to cautiously train on.

      I’m not sure the bike will be a regular thing, but it was a good way to accompany my volunteer coaching client.

  2. It’s posts like this that make me want to reach through the screen and hug you. Thank you for sharing your struggles and triumphs with us.

    During my first year of sobriety, I wrote about my thoughts quite a bit. But, now that I have two years of sobriety there has been a shift and when I start to think of my past I want to push and submerge those memories away from me.

    I’m so afraid of ruining such a good thing. I should probably write more, but I think it will come naturally when I feel it.

    • My first blog was a daily post about my early sobriety. My alcoholism is still a part of me, but it’s not the top of my mind issue it used to be. I do like to remind myself of how it was to keep me straight. It was a form of slavery, the addiction. I never want to feel like that again.

      I’ve really appreciated when you’ve written about your experience too. I think our stories help each other. 🙂

  3. Doug says:

    Don’t beat yourself up about the wine. If you take an empty whisky bottle and run hot water over it, a small teaspoon of liquor will condense at the bottom. I was never that desperate. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

  4. Syd says:

    It all sounds good to me. You are doing something that you love. Coaching has added another dimension to that. And I do still like to ride a bike. Good to read how great things are going.

    • In addition to visiting my chiropractor for ART therapy, I’ve been doing calf and foot exercises, like calf raises, walking shoeless on a foam roller, and ankle flexion exercise with a resistance band. I also massage/stretch the sole of my foot some, and the key is to not actually rub the area that hurts (primarily it’s my heel), but rather the muscles & tendons around it so as to not irritate it worse.

      Hope some of this might help you! PF really sucks.

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