• 2lf

    If it is going to be 6 weeks why don’t you guys re-frame your trip. It was going to be a mix of rail and riding anyway right? Why not hop on the train (or bus or whatever) and do shorter bike trips near the railway hubs.

    I know it seems like it is taking forever, but mostly because you are focusing on being stuck. Just unstick yourself and see what happens…

    I have had injuries, some you can ride with (like a broken collar bone), some you can but shouldn’t (like a torn VMO muscle that usually stabilizes your knee and you ignore the doc and finish the racing season and mess up a couple of years worth of riding), some you just can’t (like yours).

    Why don’t you train or bus ahead while he pedals to meet you every couple of days until you are up to a full schedule again. Could be sort of fun.

    May 27, 2011
  • I learned to appreciate the tiny details within those miles. Instead of slogging through knowing I’ll be riding all day, I notice the scenery, the shops and the pavement under my wheel. I pay attention and celebrate the progress I make. I bring a camera to remind me to pay attention and find a scene worth shooting. Every single time you ride you’re making progress. Slowly but surely the miles will become longer, the hills will become doable and you’ll be ready.

    May 27, 2011
  • I love your reframe. You are where you are, so be where you are. I’ve taken the computer off my bike for much the same reason. Life is too short to have a tiny machine telling me I’m riding too slow while I’m trying to have fun.

    My wife and I enjoyed hosting you and Russ on your last trip. Have a safe journey, Jack Moore

    May 28, 2011
  • Thanks for posting this! I was injured about 2 months ago, and it’s taken me that long just to get back to 5-10 miles. I’ve been frustrated with my limitations, but I too need to get back to the beginning and be willing to start all over again!

    May 28, 2011
  • Great minds think alike! We’ve actually been plotting some ideas that are very similar to what you’re suggesting. 🙂

    May 28, 2011
  • Kevin

    I’m sure any short-trip adventures you have will be as equally appreciated by your readers as your long ones, especially by the readers (like myself), who haven’t ventured out on bike touring adventures yet. Perhaps your small steps will show others how to take their own first small steps (which they say every adventure begins with).

    May 28, 2011
  • babs

    So you need to pedal less? Is that such a loss, to take the path on which you will pedal less?? Who drives you-the voice of someone else? This voice -this external voice of SHOULD- is dimmed -the ankle , the eternal internal is now the loudest, wisest source of drive. Laugh with divine delight on this latest opportunity…

    May 29, 2011
  • there is a BBQ joint here in town, their bumper stickers state: “It is what it is”. now arguably not the best way to sell BBQ, it is a great way to simplify a meal, a day, or a life.

    May 30, 2011
  • Amy

    Laura, I understand your situation. I was in that same place a few years ago after I was hit by a car (on my bike). My back was broken and I had to wear a hideous brace for 6 weeks. I couldn’t ride my bike or even drive a car. I couldn’t go to work for many more months.
    But I did heal and was told I could try these things again. I was so happy I jumped right in. But I always pushed too hard, tried to do what I used to do, and that was more than I was ready for. Each set back hit me harder, right in the psyche.

    I think the most difficult part of recovering from this was psychological: who are you now if you can’t ride a bike 100 miles and you can’t work a 24hr shift as a flight nurse? The injuries were no longer visible, but hurt far more.

    Once I learned to start on a much smaller scale, accept my limitations, and be happy with any progress, things got a lot better.

    I understand you have something important right in front of you and changing what that looks like is a disappointment. But I think once you are able to alter the definitions of success, and celebrate small steps you may be able to avoid the depths of depression that I fell into.

    What I recommend for you are two things:
    1. patience – this is not forever, you will learn things in this process, let it happen

    2. acceptance – if you push too hard too soon, you will likely re-injure yourself, slow progress even more, and prolong your mental challenges.

    My turn around occurred when I could ride short distances several times a week without causing a debilitating back spasm. I progressed slowly, and suddenly I was happy again. Just sitting on the saddle and riding in a circle made me smile.


    May 30, 2011
  • Carl


    What a wonderful post. I have found that embracing the moment is all we are really ever doing anyway. Pushing and shoving is all just a mask. On the short ride concept, this year I found out by taking it easy and slow, I “discovered” wild Walnut trees by me. I stopped, cracked and ate some. They were always there, I had never taken the time to stop before…
    There are discoveries everywhere even at home.

    May 30, 2011
  • Hello Laura,
    Heard about ur ankle and I hope u are recovering fine. Life is like that and we just have to accept the detours they give us. Perhaps with 5 miles, u might be able to spend more time talking to the folks u meet, do some in depth interviews of “normal” people…and sometimes u will get really interesting stories. Recently I also did a “stupid” ride which u can see here
    We didn’t have return train tickets and had to ride back home…120km… and I am not a long range riders. bum and knees hurt so much…. but laughing about it does wonders… Smile cause the sun will always shine again.. and I look forward to reading ur wonderful journeys!
    Taiwoon from Singapore

    May 31, 2011

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