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Riding a tail wind (at last).

Four weeks of rest are finally up, and yesterday I ventured out on Blue Steel for my first ride since my little ‘holiday’ week in hospital. The doctors had said I was to do no sport for four weeks, but that after 4-6 weeks I can start easing back into things slowly. So, slowly it was to be.

Fortunately, yesterday was the first beautiful morning in Melbourne for a while; a part of me had stopped cursing the terrible weather we’ve been having over the past month, as I figured it was The Universe making the weather awful so that I wouldn’t feel so bad about not being allowed out to ride my bike. There was only a very light wind, coupled with blue skies and great company – thanks Helen for making sure I didn’t get carried away and blast the heart rate too high too soon…

Man, I love riding my bike. It was so good to be back out. The ride itself was relaxed, and I tried to keep a low heart rate most of the time. We rode for a couple of hours, and when I got back I needed to sleep IMMEDIATELY. I kept my heart rate monitor on to keep an eye on it, and it wouldn’t settle down. I was drifting off to sleep, and it was chugging along at around 75bpm. And that’s where it stayed. It took forever for it to calm to something closer to resting. It’s not a huge concern, more of an observation as to how the human body is affected in different ways by different traumas. If you’re familiar with using your heart rate during triathlon training or cycling and running, you know when things are running a little bit differently. And this was such a weird sensation – to feel my heart beating moderately fast when I’m borderline asleep. It just goes to show that even though the ride was physically very relaxed, my heart took a long time to rest afterwards. So I will definitely be keeping an eye on that over the next few weeks…

But generally, I am just so excited about being able to ride (slowly) again. And I might even go for a slow jog this week as well. Although, as my motto goes: slow and steady wins the race. But there’s a reason it’s my motto, and that’s because it never fails. So I will be taking it easy, and build up slowly and consistently. But at last I feel like I’ve got a bit of a tail wind for a change.

Lucy Piper_Triathlon

First day back on Blue Steel!

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