Being active is a big part of Glen Steen's life.
Whether it was in a scrum as part of a competitive game of rugby or earning a black belt in karate, the Tillsonburg native always managed a healthy and fit lifestyle.
One of Steen's favourite pastimes is cycling.
A sport he's enjoyed since 1987, Steen often finds solitude in travelling the country roads of Norfolk County on his bicycle. Then things changed last August.
While out on one of his regular rides, something got caught in the spoke of one of Steen's wheels. The wheel stalled and Steen was sent flying of his bicycle.
He landed on his head.
“I couldn't move at all,” he said.
Steen spent five days in the intensive care unit at Parkwood Hospital in London. He then spent the better part of six months at the hospital.
Little by little signs of improvement began to show.
“I could move a thumb and a toe. I have a video of me moving them,” Steen said about his recovery. “I wouldn't give up.”
The freak accident left him confined to a wheelchair. Steen is currently in rehabilitation three times a week.
He's regained some movement in his legs.
“I'm starting to walk again (with support),” Steen said. “I can't walk far but I can take some steps.”
Steen can be commended for his never say die attitude. He said it's what motivates him to one day walk fully again.
But before he can even do that Steen wanted to get back to the activity that originally caused the accident: cycling.
Steen said one accident shouldn't deter someone from ever attempting it again. While he currently cannot use an upright bicycle, Steen has found an alternative.
Enter the TerraTrike.
A TerraTrike is a recumbent tricycle that allows its user to sit on an incline with pedals mounted in the front. According to the TerraTrike website, the vehicle provides all the mobility of a regular bicycle without the immediate aches and pains associated with riding them.
“I was just surfing the net when I found out about them,” Steen said. “It has the highest seat possible for me. I have a real fantastic time riding it.”
Steen can't ride as far as he used to; his leg muscles strain and his knees can't fully bend yet. But that won't stop him from his passion of cycling.
“Right now hopefully I can keep up with the upright bikes,” Steen said. “Right now I can ride five kilometres. I'm going to participate in Le Tour de Norfolk. Fourty kilometres. That's my goal.”