21 Mar 2012

La Bicyclette

The first day of spring and time to get my bicycle out of its winter hibernation

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The bicycle is a curious vehicle.  Its passenger is its engine.
John Howard

Over the winter months I seem to have done nothing but sit.
Reading, blogging, watching tv.
Time to get the old muscles working again.

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Life is like riding a bicycle.  To keep your balance you must keep moving.
Albert Einstein

So out comes the bike for an early morning trip to the allotment.
The tyres are soft, so a quick hunt for the pump ensues.

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Life is like a ten-speed bicycle.  Most of us have gears we never use.
Charles Schulz

And I set off.  Slowly at first, just to regain my balance.
Already my leg muscles are beginning to feel stretched and a little sore.

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Whenever I see an adult on a bicycle, I have hope for the human race
H.G. Wells

I start huffing and puffing,
my little heart pounding as I struggle with a small incline

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Cycle tracks will abound in Utopia
H.G. Wells

I resist the temptation to dismount and push
- don't give in - you can do this

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The bicycle has done more for the emancipation of women
than anything else in the world.
Susan Anthony 1895

I finally reach my destination, breathing heavily.
I swing my leg over the saddle
And my legs turn to jelly as I try to stand

It is astonishing how unfit I have become over the winter.
Now all I have to do is cycle back home again.
Someone pass me the 'Deep Heat'.