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Cycling and Living With Pain

When I was 17, I discovered that I had chronic joint pain. After 10000 visits and 12000 tests, the doctor said it's Fibromyalgia. It's a fancy way of saying that they can't identify what's wrong and more importantly, there is no cure.

So I lived with the pain. And at the tender age of 31, I learned to ride a bicycle. And this was the start of something amazing. This is a sport that revels in pain. Here, pain is the path to glory. And pretty soon, I started to love the pain.

I loved the sore muscles that meant that I had worked real hard in the weekend ride. I loved how alive I felt at the end of a particularly gruelling workout. In fact, in the end, I started looking forward to the cramps which would tell me that I had pushed harder than ever.

Then I had a knee injury.

And in the last two days, I have come to realise how much pain I endure everyday. My knees feel like they are constantly on fire. But I can still walk like it's fine. Today, there were 5 minutes tha…