Skip to main content

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 that I had no spikes going through my legs when walking. As a result I decided to try running for a bit. It's stupid and I really should know better.

Pain is not great. Pain in moderation is good. But pain is how your body tells you that you are screwing up. Don't ignore the pain like I did. You will come to regret it.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Winter Cycling in Dhaka: Things to Watch Out For

Winter is the perfect time to take up cycling in Dhaka. The temperatures don't drop too much and there is always a cool breeze. As a result, sweating goes down and you can pedal a lot more whether you are a casual rider or a serious one. Still there are a few things to watch out for. Early morning temperatures will drop more than 10 degrees from the average temperature of the day. With wind, it can feel like less than 10 degrees. To avoid feeling like a cold popsicle, wear a base layer of clothing under your cycling jersey. Since the weather is not very extreme, a simple synthetic T-shirt will suffice. Synthetic is the keyword as it must not absorb and retain sweat but rather should let it vaporize.Take a camera along, the ray of the sun through morning mists create absolutely astonishing photo moments. A photographer can turn these moments to works of art. Even a non-photographer like me can turn out some decent ones with a mobile phone
Drink lots of water. Winters are seriously d…

Commuting on a Bicycle on Rainy Days

Forget it!

Well, there are solutions, but you have to prepare a little harder for it. But if you are thinking that riding a cycle is going to be the same as winter then forget it. If you are willing to work a little then read on.

1. Get proper mudguards. Not the toys available in the stores of Dhaka. The best ones are the ones that you see in Hero Ranger Max bikes which cover the wheels from a very close range. Something similar to this will be properly useful. Otherwise they are not much of help http://www.xxcycle.com/mudguards-zefal-paragon-26-black-60-mm,,en.php?FROM=froogle&wwp=44
2. No mudguards? Then take two sets of clothes. Also get a bag cover. That way you'll be all covered in mud by the time you get to office, but can change into something decent when you get there. But this requires your office to have a shower
3. This is the most practical solution at the moment. Get a pair of mudguards, whatever is available locally. Mount them as close to the tires as possible.…