April 10, 2017 by welshcyclist
It’s well into the fourth month, now, since I’ve been off work, following the discovery of a deep vein thrombosis, in my left thigh, and I’m finding hard going. I’ve become lazy, not getting up before 06.00, spending too much time on my lap top, and generally not doing a lot.
This doesn’t bode well, I know I am going to struggle, big time, when I finally have to go back to work, and I’ve got to gen myself up, in order to resume my life the way it was pre DVT ! Sadly, that’s easier said than done. The local physio therapy unit gave me exercises to rebuild the strength in my left leg, I try to do a bit of walking, and I’ve been out on my bike a few times, and ride to and from choir practise.
Unfortunately, my trusty Raleigh Pioneer is in the bike shop, Halfords under my Bike Care Plan, but that’s yet another long story of woe. My new Raleigh Royal tourer is languishing in my shed, bright, shiny and brand new, but I just cannot get used to the drop handlebars, and have already enquired about converting it to straight handlebars. I am told by the real bike mechanics at Tredz, that it will cost approximately £100 plus £30 labour, which might be a price well worth paying to increase my usable fleet.
So, currently, I am back riding my single speed, the Jamison Sputnik, which I love to ride, but struggle on the hills with. Consequently, I try to avoid hills, which is quite difficult here in the Neath valley, and especially when I finally cycle home. The last two hundred yards consists of the beginning of the famous Rhinos bank, and what with my weakened left leg and only one gear sees me come to a snail’s pace as I gratefully turn into the street where I live.
Anyway, I have to quicken the pace of building myself back to work fitness, my current sick note has another month to run, and I really must get back into the groove by then. Her indoors has been great, looking after me and so on, but the weeks sort of blend into one, and no sooner than one is over, we are into the next. Saturdays, particularly, bring this home to me, when I see the weekend BBC news presenters, instead of the weekday regulars Huw Davies and Fiona Bruce, and I realise, yes, that’s another week gone!
Round and round in circles I go, which would be fantastic on my bike, but I am not on it enough!