My Bump in the Road of Cycling

by George Munkachy
(Prattville, Alabama)

Biking, that is, bicycling, (that is, with pedals) has always been something I get great pleasure from starting from way early childhood.

So when I retired last March 31st, I thought "aha!" Now I can really get rolling on a regular basis.

So of course, on the 8th of May, I take a pretty bad fall where my front tire got caught in some loose railroad crossing timber.

Shattered my left elbow. Not just fractured... shattered. The ortho surgeon said there was a chance he would have to do an elbow replacement, but thank God, he saved my elbow three plates and 11 screws later. The dude is a genius.

As I write this, with some difficulty but getting better on the left hand, I am pending my physical therapy appointment. Range of motion is the main thing at this point, once again I will thank God my skin healed without complication.

Moral of the story?
Do what you love; revisit those activities you loved as a child. Do it.

I am going to ride again. This is what drives me at this point, to get in the saddle.

Find what drives you and do it!

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My Bike is Stationary
by: Canadian Retiree

I agree physical exercise is the key to a happier life. I’m now 65 and try to hop on my exercise bike every day. I also go for walks and exercise at home as much as possible. It takes determination but I feel better when I do exercise.

My retirement is pretty low key. I did take up water colour painting and play my piano a bit.

This pandemic has put a damper on any other activities I was doing. It’s hard to know what each day will bring but keeping healthy is well worth it.

Good call
by: Jane Curtis/Texas

I urge everyone to remember they retired from work, not from life.

I am so pleased you are healing. Make sure you do the therapy. Every time I have had to have something replaced I went through therapy. It was well worth it. I am still mobile and get around by myself without the aid of a machine so I feel good about that.

I think if you read some of my blogs you might understand that I really do know what I am talking about.

Keep pushing forward. You are as young as you will ever be. Enjoy it. You have my prayers for a complete recovery.

I will try to ride again
by: Dan

I did put air in my bike tires a month ago and have take a few short loops around the nearly empty parking lots (since stores have been closed by the "flatten the curve" rules).

Long-range forecast is for rain to end and summer begin in a couple more days. So I am ready to roll.

Keep encouraging me.

Where shall we ride? Dan

Oh my
by: Michigan

George, I too took a spill on my bike but did not get hurt as bad as you, cuts and bruises only, but I found the experience and comments to me so embarrassing, I don't ride anymore. I hope you get back full motion and start riding as soon as possible. Stay safe and heal fast.

Keep moving physically and mentally
by: Michael D. Bell, REALTOR®, Venice Florida and the Catskills in NY!!

Hi George,

I took a fall 2 years ago - a first for me in 10 years of regular cycling. I didn't break anything, just some cuts and bruises. I got back out there the very next day. I hope you get back in the saddle real soon.

I will be 55 this year and cycle almost daily - 7,500 miles per year. I cycle more than I drive a car.

As I've read, "you don't stop cycling because you get old. You get old because you stop cycling." When I see the ages of some of my fellow cyclists, I believe that exercise does have a positive impact on long-term health and positive attitude.

Enjoy the ride!

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