At 48 years old, I’ve decided to take up bicycling.
(Bear with me, I’ll be getting to the hacks straightaway! But we’re going to use bicycling as an analogy.)
My sister, who is a year older than me, decided earlier this year that she was going to compete in mini-triathlons, also known as sprints.
We talked about doing a sprint together next year, but since I’m a very weak swimmer and my knees can’t tolerate running anymore, we’ve opted to do a relay where she will swim, I will bike, and another friend will run.
So, here I am, a middle-aged former athlete who hasn’t ridden a bike since she was a kid, out on the roads pedaling away trying to get back into shape.
And you know what?
It’s hard and it’s exhilarating and frustrating and invigorating. All in one package.
Just about every day that I ride now, I realize that my bicycle riding is very much like life can be when you’re trying to learn a new skill or break an old habit or just make it through a tough time.
Here are some of the lessons I’ve learned: