My Ride, Paul Durant
I had always been a runner. Not long distances and lots of miles but always running outdoors. Sadly, I’ve been “blessed” with rubbish knees so that went out the window and I needed something more forgiving to do. I started cycling as a London commute to work but was doing most of my exercise in the gym. Then I moved out of London and a whole new cycling world opened up to me!
Cycling gave me back the feeling of freedom to head outside and explore the world around me whilst exercising. It’s not always easy - wind (I don’t mind the rain!), bike maintenance, trying to learn strange component names so I don’t sound like a complete novice... but it’s small price to pay for getting out there. I’ve now started going on cycling holidays which are a great substitute for ski holidays (my knees killed those off too) and love cycling in Majorca. Cycling has given me back those things I thought I’d lost.
A little bit of advice:
Mine’s a story of injury pushing me into trying something different, but you can take the easy road (pun intended) and just start cycling. Start off slow and local to build your confidence on the road around traffic, then before you know it you’ll be able to go wherever you want to.