Staying positive through cycling

My favorite quote is “A good bike ride fixes everything.” That might seem strange, considering that I’ve had RA for 25 years. I’ve been involved with cycling for the last 5 years and it’s really helped with management of the disease. But a close look at my hands, feet, the way I walk, and it’s pretty clear that those joints (even if I had surgery) will never be “normal” again. So why do I love that quote?

I make it a point to ride, almost every day. I tell myself that even though I’m really tired and my joints may not be moving well, that I’ll feel better after the first mile. And I usually do. And at the end of the ride, it doesn’t matter how fast or slow, or the distance traveled. It’s much more than that … it’s amazing scenery, the wind on my face, stopping at a favorite coffee shop, making it to the top of a hill and flying down the other side, and good times and laughter shared with other cyclists. I’m able to forget about RA even if it’s just for a moment. It’s so good for the soul – and all of a sudden everything seems ok.

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  • linaotalora
    9 months ago

    I felt completely identified with your story. I also ride my bike daily and all the emotions detailed, couldn´t be written in a better way.

  • ICFarm25
    9 months ago

    Patty1. So great to hear your cycling story. This is my first day on this site and about 2 weeks into my RA diagnosis. I am hoping to maintain an attitude as good as yours. I am hoping it does not affect my cycling and racing.

  • patty1 author
    9 months ago

    Sometimes things aren’t easy, but I just try to take it one day at a time I’m glad this story was helpful… I hope that you find a treatment that works for you!!

  • Monica Y. Sengupta moderator
    11 months ago

    Lovely story, patty1! I hope you continue to share your experiences. It’s true that it’s not just about helping out your physical symptoms but bring peace to your mind. I strongly believe if I’m in the right headspace my RA is better controlled.

    Cheers! ~Monica

  • Erin Rush moderator
    11 months ago

    Thank you very much for sharing, patty1! Actually, a few of our members and site contributors find cycling to be a great form of exercise and self care, so you are not alone in this! I am glad riding gives you such peace and joy. I thought you might enjoy this piece written by just one of our bike-riding contributors — https://rheumatoidarthritis.net/living/30-days-of-biking/. May you log many happy, (relatively) pain-free miles this summer! Thank you again for taking the time to share with us! Best, Erin, RheumatoidArthritis.net Team member.

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