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! http://www.ebay.com/itm/Plantar-Fasciitis-Night-Splint-Sock-Sleeve-Heel-Spurs-By-FLEXIBRACE-/310452914550?var=&hash=item48486f8976 <=not sponsored, just a happy customer.
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.