Finally. I'm riding my bikes again.
Like it or not sometimes stuff needs to be fixed. Like joints that are messed up from arthritis. This spring I had changes made to 5 joints in each foot, joints that run across the ball of the foot. Which, of course, is right where feet and bicycle pedals come together. For months I watched my bikes gathering dust, waiting for things to heal.
Surgical fixes are always a trade-off. My "new feet" work really well. A big improvement. The trade-off? I'll never be able to do downward facing dog again in yoga, and I can't get a lot of force when pushing off with the the front of my feet. I'll never miss that yoga pose, but it sucked big time when I figured out acceleration on my bikes was toast, at least until I learned a new way to pedal.
Every problem has a work-around. I'm learning how to compensate. Changing how I pedal. Placing the ball of my foot in front of (rather than over) the pedal axel. Using gears just a little differently. Tweaking my riding position on the bike. And toughening up some. It takes a while to make a new style of pedaling a habit. But it is coming along. After all, I've got friends I want to ride with. And, when cooler weather comes to Florida in a few weeks, Al and I have places around the state to visit and explore by bicycle.
If you want something bad enough, things have a way of working out.