Sunday, June 22, 2014
First Post-Stroke Bike Ride
Got my bicycle out of mothballs for the first time since my stroke last July. Short hilly ride -- 6 mi -- no stats; didn't remember how to reset my cyclocomputer. Bike performed flawlessly, (once I put the chain back on,) and my body seemed to do what it was supposed to. My post-stroke balance problems did not seem to affect my riding much, although I did wobble some under 4mph, and I was not as precise on my lines at any speed. Took it easy, and felt pretty good, for the most part. My left-side weakness manifested itself mainly in difficulty maintaining a cadence above 88 rpm without losing rhythm, and a tendency to toe out with my left foot, such that my left heel frequently hit the chainstay. All in all though, I'm pretty happy with this ride, and feel encouraged for the future.