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Old 07-24-08, 11:17 AM   #1
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Non scale victory for my wife!

For the first time ever, she rode a hill today without quitting. Absolutely outstanding! It wasn't that much of a hill by most standards, but it was a 233 foot climb. I'm proud as heck of her.

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A 52 pound trike
30 pounds of groceries in the panniers
6 pounds of panniers and trunk bag

This made the tare on her trike 88 pounds! Not bad at all!

Here are the route details
  • Track Points: 78
  • Distance; 8.05 miles
  • Ascent; 233 feet
  • Descent; 233 feet
  • Start Elevation: 659 feet
  • Finish Elevation: 659 feet
  • Minimum Elevation: 568 feet
  • Maximum Elevation: 709 feet





and this is her ride, on the Indy Track....

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Old 07-24-08, 11:21 AM   #2
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Awesome!
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Old 07-24-08, 12:08 PM   #3
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That actually looks pretty flat there . . .

We're having trouble getting back on the bikes. There is a large hill right outside the house that isn't a fun way to end your ride. I just keep telling her it'll get easier every time.

Good job though
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Old 07-24-08, 12:16 PM   #4
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Well, as a rider, she's growing at a good pace. She rides State road 38, a 4 lane road.....we have no choice there. It's a high traffic, fast road. She's getting to be fearless in traffic. Her big bugaboo has been hills, and she's just beaten that one today.
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Old 07-24-08, 12:20 PM   #5
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I know that feeling and its a good one. It definitely adds to your confidence and is a major milestone on the bike - Three cheers for Mrs. Tom!
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Old 07-24-08, 01:08 PM   #6
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WOW! I wonder if I could do that. Good for her!

BTW have I ever told you how cool it is you are so encouraging, thoughtful and considerate of your wife?
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Old 07-24-08, 03:05 PM   #7
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A fitty-two pound bike? I don't think I can do it! Tell her I'll try if she's willing to bet pinks. She just might end up with a roadie!...She want the Canni or the Lemond?
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Old 07-24-08, 03:08 PM   #8
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Very cool, Tom! Pass on my congratulations and my regards!
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damn skippy, Tom. That's great news!
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Old 07-24-08, 03:26 PM   #10
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88lbs?! Cripes! She gets a congrats from me for just getting it rolling let alone going up a hill. lol
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Old 07-24-08, 09:18 PM   #11
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That is excellent Tom..Tell Mrs. Stormcrowe...grats and way to go
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Old 07-24-08, 09:47 PM   #12
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Very nice. 88 pounds is more than Roark and the loaded Wussy Wagon weigh.
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Yep, and that's the basic touring load, weight wise, too. She's going to be ready next year for some touring.

One nice thing about the trike, though, she can spin up the hill in the lowest gear and not have to worry about tipping over.
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That's fantastic! and inspiring!
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Excellent! Give the Mrs. my congratulations! Tell her i'm missing the GREAT coffee and breakfast! before rides... take care.
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Excellent. That's a hell of a load to pull up a hill!
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Rock on crazylady, excellent work!
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Great job CL.
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Well done indeed! And that is a cool trike!

Trikes don't get their dues. We had a utility trike at work that the maintenence guys used. They took it away when they found out we were using it for individual time trials on third shift
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Hey Crazy Lady,,,,,,



Congratulations.........
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Congrats Mrs. Stormcrowe!

I remember the first time I conquered a hill that had bested me every other time. There is hardly a better feeling in the world! Keep it up!
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