Physical therapy becomes a lifestyle

Bruce Gates - Lowell, MA

Physical therapy becomes a lifestyle

When I was in my 20s, I was in a band as a guitarist, singer-song-writer. During one of our shows, I tripped on a cable, which tore my meniscus and ACL. After six months of pain and physical therapy, it came time for my checkup with my doctor.

"What now?" I asked him.

"Well, you can continue to pay for more therapy or...do you own a bike?" he started.

"Not one I can ride."

"Find a cheap one and start riding. Great for the knees if you do it right."

I went online and picked up my first bicycle in at least ten years. It was equally thrilling and terrifying to be back in the saddle but over time, I became more and more comfortable and confident.

Today, I find myself "back in the saddle" again as I had taken about 1-2 years off from bicycling (to pursue homebrewing). Just this past weekend, I rode my longest ride ever in both duration and distance and within the next 2-3 weeks, I'll be riding to and from work daily. Also, I'll be participating in a charity ride in September, which means I can use my love for bicycling to give back to the community!

Needless to say, the bug has bit me HARD. The freedom to go wherever your legs and lungs can take you is exhilarating! Riding a bike is fun, a great workout, and a great way to connect with some great people. Just like anything, you'll find some obstacles and problems along the way but you'll also find that the community of support far outweighs any negativity you may encounter.

Keep the rubber side down!

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