Taking my clue from PENolan, I decided that I'd mark turning 50 with a year-long celebration. I had the idea that each month I'd do something I'd never done before. In April my planned new activity was rained out, but since I'd never had a surprise birthday party before (thanks, Mom), I'll count that as my April "thing."
May brought the Magical Midlife Mystery Tour. In June I was stuck for ideas until I decided I'd write a sonnet (I know, I know....and it's still not finished). Come July I was so busy with my job that I didn't have the time or energy to consider tackling any new activities (but I did stay sober at the Institute's farewell dinner, which was a first).
Yesterday I did my August "thing," and biked the upper half of the Virginia Creeper Trail with intellikid. What fun! Even though it had been well over 30 years since I'd spent more than, say, 30 minutes on a bicycle, I managed this 17 mile ride with minimal discomfort. Ok, so it was mostly a downhill coast, but I found that it does take considerable effort to remain upright and balanced on 2 wheels for that distance!
It seems that riding a bike is just like riding a bike. I found that stopping a bike, however, does require some practice. Or at least the ability to remember that one is on a bike when one wishes to stop.