And so what if you are injured?

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Cyclist with paralysed arm on bike path in Ottawa

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Steady miles, leaving time for recovery

“I just did a 75 kilometer ride in Montreal and seven times people said to me, ‘That is impressive. That is incredible that you hurt yourself and are in this ride’. But just because you hurt yourself, it should not prevent you from doing things you like.”

Photographer’s notes: I wondered if this might be condescending. Not this post, but the idea that people, today, still think to flatter people being physically active who are not operating with all limbs. After numerous para-Olympics and the levels of performance, the constant presence of wheelchair divisions in marathons and the high-tech, high-end equipment, are we still supposed to think the mere presence of  disabled rider is worthy of special note? Or should we expect everyone to be active, today? Regardless.

At the same time, the disability is an opening for a conversation, a chance to talk to the rider and maybe understand it all a little better.

I know I only stopped this rider because he was wearing a sling. So….


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