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Old 08-17-08, 01:07 PM   #1
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small milestone

After three weeks of owning my new bike I have just passed the 100 mile mark.
Not much I agree, but even in this short time I have noticed a vast improvement
in my ability. Times are not getting much faster due to road and route conditions
(I would rather reach my destination in one piece at a reasonable pace!!) but the
strength in my legs has improved dramatically. This is also assisted by a better understanding
of gear use thanks to this forum.
Newcomers who are thinking of taking up this sport/hobby should be encouraged by all of the
advice and tips available on this forum and get out there. I did it and already feel the
benefits after a short time.
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Old 08-17-08, 01:31 PM   #2
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Congrats! That first 100 is the hardest. The rest will come easy.
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Old 08-17-08, 01:35 PM   #3
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Small milestones add up to huge ones, remember. We're as thrilled with your small victories as we will be when we hear you did, say, a triple Century in a single day. A victory is good, regardless of the scale.
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Old 08-17-08, 02:32 PM   #4
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congratulations it's an addictive hobby.
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Old 08-17-08, 02:32 PM   #5
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Originally Posted by giant1000 View Post
After three weeks of owning my new bike I have just passed the 100 mile mark.
Congrats on the milestone! I'm not long past that one myself so I remember how good it feels, and it's great to see others succeeding too

You may not think it much, but any improvement is great and does mean you get closer to each new milestone.
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Old 08-17-08, 09:17 PM   #6
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I would not feel to bad about only doing 100 miles so far. When I got back into bike riding a few months ago, my 10 year old bike only had 150 miles total in that time. Now I have over a 650 mile logged in the last few months, along with first metric century last weekend. So, you are starting of better then I did for my first 10.
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Old 08-17-08, 09:50 PM   #7
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Hey, a win is a win, and you win with every mile!

Congrats on getting to the first cable check/tune up. Hopefully your LBS has a deal where they check your cables to see if they have stretched during the break in process around your 100 mile point on a new bike. It's worth checking.

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