Week 11 – March 15, 2016
Weather: Showers ending early this morning then mainly cloudy. Fog patches dissipating this morning. High 12°C. UV index 3 or moderate.
Attire: Rode indoors today on a trainer.
My ride today was actually a 30 minute spin class at Come Alive Fitness located in Waterloo, Ontario. The ride represented the ‘kick-off’ for a road ride on June 26, 2016 called Ride Don’t Hide. The event is in support of the Canadian Mental Health Association. The fully supported 8 km or 47 km ride will take place on paved picturesque Waterloo Region roadways.
As many of you know, in 2013 I completed a 127 km Grand Fondo road ride in Niagara Region. Just two weeks after that ride I was hit from behind by a car while cycling. The driver was charged with failing to share the road with a bike. My recovery from that preventable collision was long and sometimes arduous.
In 2014, just when I thought I was getting back on track, the ceiling in our living room collapsed in our home as a result of water entering the roof space through a damage chimney that we were not aware of. This resulted in $140,000 of unplanned, un-budgeted renovations; not covered by insurance. The stress of 2014 continued with our dog suffering a life threatening illness, 5 family weddings, 3 bridal showers (that I hosted), a torn meniscus in my left knee, a working trip to Spain and a contested municipal election.
I ate through much of my stress, gaining an unsightly amount of weight and then….I became breathless….all the time….I couldn’t concentrate at work….. I didn’t know what was happening to me. I thought I was getting asthma or that my allergies were out of control. A visit to my doctor confirmed I was suffering from anxiety attacks brought on from stress.
Anxiety is a form of depression. I think of it as a form of depression where instead of being depressed about what happened in the past I was anxious about what might happen in the future.
Exercise is a critical component to fighting mental health disorders and combined with medication I am really back on track. I am losing weight gradually and continuing to try to cycle daily.
It is for these reasons that I will “Ride not Hide” in support of Canadian Mental Health on Sunday June 26, 2016. Will you join me?