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Old 11-23-08, 11:45 PM   #1
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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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Old 11-24-08, 04:44 AM   #2
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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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Old 11-24-08, 12:18 PM   #3
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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.
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That's great, keep up the good work. The next we'll see is you've ridden a century.
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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.

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