Since childhood, cycling has brought me joy. After being assaulted on a morning ride, I felt fearful of getting back on my bike. For years, my body memory equated the joyful feeling of cycling with being harmed. Working through this fear meant getting on my bike--not once, but many times. Each ride has felt like an emotional workout--and I’ve nearly always felt stronger for it.
My recent biking injuries were harsh and will require time to heal. But the teachings and reminders have been plentiful, not least of which is that joy can be felt in the midst of pain, and getting hurt is part of living life fully. Perhaps such awareness comes with experience. Whatever the reason, I’m grateful for it. And I will ride again.
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