Over the last 5 years I have gotten back into cycling after a 30 year hiatus. It took about a month of riding to not feel like I had to go to the ER each time I rode. Why did I continue to ride if I felt that way you ask? One reason is that I wanted to feel better. The other is that my friend (who is like a brother) asked if I would like to start riding. Apparently he felt the same as I did and had not ridden in just as long. (Did I mention he is older than me and I also could not let him show me up).
Do or do not. There is no try.
We met after work for our first ride on a wonderful trail of rolling hills. Yes, we started with hills. Not the nice flat trails that other people would have done if they had not ridden in over 3 decades. Over the next month we each struggled up those rolling hills but they seemed to get easier each time we went.
After a couple months we both had the bug and fell in love with riding again. We both lost some weight and inches off the midsection. I also noticed one thing while we were riding. Many other people of all ages and sizes were out engaging in all forms of exercise. I really had not noticed it before but it was kind of invigorating seeing others out there and I looked forward to having a quick chat with new people when we took our water breaks during the ride.
My daughter, who has a metal plate holding her knee socket together (she calls herself Wolverine) has taken up running. She had never been a runner growing up but decided to take this new passion up. She has just completed two smaller marathons the end of last year and is participating in a few more in the spring.
What is the point? The point is to try something new or something that you have not done in a while and who knows, you might enjoy it and improve your health at the same time. In addition you will meet new people who may become friends who have the same passion as you. I know I am looking forward to spring and to be able to get back out on the beautiful and serene trails around my hometown of Philly.