The Avoidance of Walking - Cycling Aviator

I’m not actually against walking per se, I admit at times it is a very convenient way to get from one place to another, sometimes the only way. I just don't get on with it as a recreational activity, be it strolling, power walking or the baffling enigma that is jogging. I have spent much time and effort, not to mention money, over the years surrounding myself with far more enjoyable alternatives to walking for walking sake.

I was born in the late 1960s and bought up in an analogue world so no stranger to enjoying the real outside, but from the moment the stabilisers came off I was a bike kid. My first proper bike, a Raleigh Commando, was my companion as much as my transport. Walking was consigned to well, if I must status.  Forty years on and I can’t think of a time from getting my driving license I haven't had access to at least one car or motorbike. I still have bicycles, a kayak and having achieved a lifelong dream and gained my private pilots licence in 2013, have a fifth share in a rather nice aeroplane, which as I see it, is about as far as I can get from walking.

It always helps in the avoidance of an activity if you can present a valid medical reason for such. Pregnant women probably don't suffer much peer pressure if shying away from Zorbing, nor is anyone going to judge the blind guy who doesn't fancy cycling, although some awesome Paralympians do offer a different view on that second point

My medical reason was I broke my femur into the knee joint back in 1996 and as on schools sports days my mild asthma proved a useful cover, I now had a go to reason why I shouldn't walk to, well, anywhere. There was downside of that convenient argument winner of course, it was painful and actually very inconvenient. I’ve had several operations and now have pretty bad arthritis in my left knee.

The most recent operation, in December 2015, was a High Tibial Osteotomy (HTO) where the surgeon cuts through the tibia about two thirds of the way through then creates a wedge opening by spreading the bone apart. Some surgical synthetic gunk is inserted to help the bone knit back together, the resulting repair is then supported with a plate and screws. It is exactly as gruesome as it sounds.

I had a few down moments during the initial rehabilitation but it was well worth the discomfort and agro as I am more mobile and in better shape than I have been in years and although it is much more bearable and far less painful than it was before the operation, however, I still do not get on with walking.


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