2017 has been a shit year for me so far on the bike, but not for the same reasons as years past where I just wasn’t motivated. This year, I’m in a pretty good space mentally, and have actually been really jonesing to ride, but I’ve been sidelined with injuries keeping me off the bike … which is actually making me want to ride even more, despite how much I know it’s going to hurt.

Thus far this spring I’ve had a couple bulging discs between C5/C6 and C6/C7 in my neck, and associated radiculopathy down my left arm … this has been going on since early February. After physical therapy and a couple of steroid injections in my neck and left wrist, that seems to really be improving. But, about a month ago, on May 21, I was trying to balance on a balance board, and failed miserably, falling and breaking my right arm (a closed fracture at the radial head), which technically is supposed to have me off the bike until July. And finally, I had a gout attack, swelling my right foot enormously, and causing a lot of pain. More steroids, more treatments.

Today, however … today is absolutely beautiful outside, not too hot, and I was feeling pretty good, so I decided to go AMA (against medical advice) and ride.

And it hurt.

A lot.

And that’s okay, because it felt so good getting out there and turning my legs over for an hour, I didn’t care about anything else.

That was today’s ride. I’m hoping to have a lot more this summer as the season progresses.