I have such a wonderful feeling of relief. Â As I’ve mentioned in past posts, I torqued my knee the first week of the year and have had to take a few weeks off to rest and recuperate. Â So I’ve been following the advice of my sporty friends: plenty of rest for the knee, icing it three times a day, lots of Advil, and, lately, lots and lots of stretching (after warming up of course). Â The efforts seem to have paid off: I biked from home to the store today, making a pit stop at Otherlands on my way home for a bagel and iced soy lattÃ©, with no pain in the joint at all. Â There was a slight twingy feeling, but not where it hurt before (under the knee cap). Â I’m going to continue to take it easy and ride really slowly in low gears for the next week, but it looks like I am on the mend.
As I was telling my wife the other night, driving to work is more convenient in that I can get there and back faster, plus I have the option of listening to music on the way. Â (I’ve been wearing the hell out of this song in particular lately.) Â But driving just isn’t any fun. Â I get no feeling of accomplishment from driving, especially after having logged 2000+ miles as a bike commuter. Â Plus I hate having to burn fossil fuels and dump pollution into the atmosphere for a trip that is easily conquered on a bike. Â I just really missed biking and am very glad to be back in the saddle (pun intended).
Here’s a gallery of some pictures I took today. Â It didn’t hurt that it was 70Âº F – uncharacteristically warm for Memphis in January, but I am not complaining. Â Enjoy.
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