Albury's Eliza Ault-Connell has won medals at the Commonwealth Games and World Para Athletics Championships as a wheelchair racer, but nothing prepared her for her first bike ride in 23 years on Sunday.
"I've always felt that I'd love to do it, but the thought of what could happen pretty much held me back," she said.
"We just picked up a bike off a friend and I just looked at this bike and I literally picked up a new pair of legs on Friday and my legs were feeling absolutely fantastic and I just had this feeling that, 'I think I can do it today'."
Ault-Connell had her legs amputated in a life-saving procedure in 1997 after contracting meningococcal disease as a 16-year-old.
"They say you don't forget how to ride a bike, I literally did not forget how I'd ride a bike, I was concerned about how I would balance, how I'd brake, use the steering et cetera, but I probably would have liked to have a go at trying to use the brakes before I actually started (laughs loudly)," she said.
"I rode up and down the street, and it did provide the street a bit of entertainment, there were a couple of neighbours who came out and they heard me squealing and they thought something had happened, 'oh my god, what on earth is she doing'?
"It was just an incredible feeling, deciding that you wanted to have a try on something very different and potentially very scary, I jumped on and the (three) kids were obviously incredibly excited, which was brilliant."
But Ault-Connell is not only an inspiration to her children, her return to the bike attracted 74 comments on her Facebook page with Emma Chambers simply saying, "I'm crying".
"It's partly a physical reason (why I hadn't ridden before), the prosthetics that I wore day to day were quite heavy and cumbersome and I literally picked up a full carbon leg on Friday and just the lightness, the way I was able to be more agile, it gave me that empowering feeling that I need to jump on a bike and possibly pedal (laughs)," she said.
"My feet slipped off a couple of times and I had to use my hand to get my leg back on in the right place, particularly on the left hand where I couldn't even reach the brake because I don't have any fingers on that hand and the right brake wasn't actually working at all (laughs).
"COVID literally provided me the opportunity, I guess not to have that fear, what if I fall and I injure myself and it puts me out of competition? I guess I wasn't even thinking about falling."
Given Ault-Connell's ferocious determination to succeed in any aspect of life, it's not surprising husband Kieran, who was filming the ride, stated: "Holy cow, created a monster here".
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"I'm not looking to become a paralympian on an upright bike, by any means," she laughed.
You wouldn't count against it but, for now, Ault-Connell is targeting a return to wheelchair racing in the Sydney Marathon, which has been pushed back from September to November, as well as the City-Bay in Adelaide.