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    Have to preen about this... first 50mi ride

    So I've been wanting to do a good long ride, since all I've been doing lately on the bike has been commuting. I decided to do the loop around a reservoir that all of the hardcore folks do every weekend. Once I did about 18 miles or so of riding up and downhill, I decided I felt altogether too good to have done a long ride, and decided to see how far I could go.

    Which ended up being around 50 miles.

    It was great. Two personal fitness goals (doing the hill and 50mi) at the same time.

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    Great! Those milestones are just such great accomplishments. You'll be doing your first century soon.

    I remember my first 50+ mile ride. It was July this year. I'm hoping for my first century next year.

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    Congrats! Keep up the great work. Better health and something to be proud of, what a great sport!

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    Great work!

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    Great Job........50 miles is quite an accomplishment.
    ~ "I like the way the brake cables come out of the top of the levers and loop around to the brake calipers!...I like those downtube shifters too!...No no no, don't take 'em off, don't take 'em off,...leave 'em on, leave 'em on! - Thats right baby!!

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    That's great, keep up the good work. The next we'll see is you've ridden a century.
    Make mine a double!

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    Congrats, So far I've only been about 45 miles and I was pretty worn out. The route had some pretty nasty hills on it though.

    http://veloroutes.org/bikemaps/?route=23378

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    Excellent! I love meeting a ride goal. It makes me want to ride even more!!


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    Congratulations!

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    Thanks all.

    Two-days-later-update: I'm not even in pain. A sore saddle at the end that went away in a few hours and a little stiffness in the leg the next day.

    I'm still buzzed, too.

    Um, but yeah... this is a huge motivator. I am realizing that I can do impressive cycling feats and that's exciting to me. And it's *fun* doing this in ways that going to the gym is just plain NOT. I can do this. Already plotting how I'm going to do the 100mi ride.

    brockga, your route did have more climb than mine did. I had 1400 ft up, 1400 ft down, and then it was mostly level terrain after that.

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    It's allready been said, but it is worth repeating... Good job!

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    Quote Originally Posted by wirehead View Post
    Thanks all.

    Two-days-later-update: I'm not even in pain. A sore saddle at the end that went away in a few hours and a little stiffness in the leg the next day.

    I'm still buzzed, too.

    Um, but yeah... this is a huge motivator. I am realizing that I can do impressive cycling feats and that's exciting to me. And it's *fun* doing this in ways that going to the gym is just plain NOT. I can do this. Already plotting how I'm going to do the 100mi ride.

    brockga, your route did have more climb than mine did. I had 1400 ft up, 1400 ft down, and then it was mostly level terrain after that.
    I didn't post that because I was trying to brag, I am pissed I didn't go fifty but I'm not sure I could have done another 5 miles after that ride. Congrats again on your ride. I am currently trying to figure out how I can make it from Auburn, AL to Eufaula, AL without riding on any four-lanes. So far I have not been able to do it without also going on some dirt roads.

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