The exhilaration of getting back on my bike, after so many years, was incredible…
I still remember that first day when my husband took me down to the bike trail to give it a try. I was filled with fear and doubt. Would I be able to keep my balance? Would I be able to propel myself forward? Would I burst a bike tire? Would people make fun of me? All of these thoughts overwhelmed me, and I felt pretty intimidated. I didn’t go too far that first day. I ran out of breath pretty quickly and my bike seat was really uncomfortable. I realized if I was going to continue trying to exercise, in this manner, I’d better invest in a padded seat for my bike.
The next day I went to a local sports store, to see what was available, and purchased a gel pad seat cover. It made a bit of difference but it wasn’t terrific. I decided to do some research on the internet to see what else might be out there to help. Too my surprise, I discovered that manufacturers were making padded bike shorts for cyclists! A great concept, I’d never heard of padded bike shorts before. It was even more exciting when I discovered some sites catered to the “plus size” woman. I ordered my size online and it was delivered right to my house within days.
Getting the padded bike shorts was the best investment I could have made. The shorts allowed me to stay on the bike for a longer period of time without feeling uncomfortable and sore. This allowed me to build up endurance and rediscover a childhood pastime that I loved – biking! It’s been a little over a year that I first grabbed a hold of those handle bars and pedaled down the bike trail. No turning back now, I’m on a path to a better me…..