Today was significant milestone for me ... it was the first time that I was able to get on a bike since being given the all-clear from kidney cancer. I had my left kidney removed in January.
Although it was my mountain bike and not a road bike, it felt absolutely brilliant to back on 2 wheels. It was a very gentle pace over 7 miles, just to get a feel for how my body would cope.
I have a few road bikes that I will be selling as I want to get something more comfortable. A Giant Defy is on the shopping list (potentially, depending on me being able to sell the others!). I am aiming to give myself a few months of just getting back out on the road before going back to club riding.
I would love to hear about other people's experiences about returning to cycling after cancer. I want to use cycling to help with my physical and mental health, but I need to be sensible and 'listen' to my body (and mind). Of course, every individual impacted by cancer has a journey that is there own, but it would be great to learn from the wisdom of the community here.
I'm not aiming to go back to any form of competitive action ... I just want to cycle for the love of it and the physical/mental health benefits. My first goal is to be fit and confident enough to ride 40 or 50 miles so that I could join the leisure ride at a cycling club.
If you're new please join in and if you have questions pop them below and the forum regulars will answer as best we can.