Hi there, Bike Shop Girl! I actually did go out last Sunday and start a ride in your honor (in response to Barb’s call to arms), but it was wicked cold, so I bagged it after only three miles. I’m planning to try it again this weekend, though. So know that I’ll be thinking of you and sending positive thoughts your way!
A ride of three miles totally counts! That could be just right for getting Bike Shop Girl back on the street.
I have been hit… I have been hurt… but I never felt any grand psychological scars that kept me off the bike
I returned a bit tentative
my current riding style may be based off lessons learned
take your time
get your head right
then get back on the bike
and if it is cars that cause you anxiety
then start of building comfort for the bike again by riding in the woods and then also on the multi use bike trails
and stay in touch