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23 July 2015

Back in the Mountains

It's been 6 Months
The road going down from Moni

It's been 6 Months and 1 day yesterday, and for the first time I was back with the bike in the mountains. I've been doing a slightly shorter variant of my usual loop of Halki - Apeirantho - Stavros Keramotis - Moni.

I've been doing shorter rides since one month ago, even some with some uphill parts and I had a lot of headwind. But going up to Apeiranthos yesterday was a hard task. I had to take it easy and measure out what strength I had. Which wasn't much. The result of my downtime is that most of my power and endurance is gone. To be built up again.

On the way down, I was starting to get afraid. So I started to hug the brakes. Not the best thing to do, but I was not going to bomb down the mountain road that particular day. Better take it easy. That way I could see more of the landscape and the wonderful evening anyway.

While going up, I wondered if I enjoyed myself. If I would enjoy cycling again the way I had before the accident. I concluded that, yes, I enjoyed myself. The views, the smell, even the exercise and feeling of exhaustion in my body, I enjoyed all that. It took some time to pass away some negative thoughts, but it was still possible. The enjoyment of being strong in the mountains, of going up at a decent speed with ease... that is obviously not there yet, but there is enough already to enjoy. Now the plan is to continue slowly to build back my form. There is no need and no use to hurry in this. And in the end the strength and ease might come back again.


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Re: Back in the Mountains

I'd keep this in my mind at all times:

To be built up again

Lots of fun (and improvements, goals/achievements to be beaten) is waiting for you ahead, on those roads you know so well (and those you don't know yet!)

Congrats, I'm so glad you are finally back.

Posted by: Wu at July 28,2015 22:28
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