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Old 05-29-09, 06:35 PM   #1
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The More I climb, The More I look Like.............(Fri Ride Pics)

Did a little self test today to check the conditioning level. I climbed 7200 feet/58 miles/ 4hrs 50 minutes and only stopped for a 4 minute break. Icing on the cake was really strange weather, Rained on me twice, for two minutes. Cold, fog, humidity, what else can one ask for!..I felt really good on the ride though!

I started back in December at 249 lbs. This morning and all week I weighed in at 228. After the ride I weighed in at 223! that'll be gone after dinner, but hey, I haven't seen 228 in over 5 years.

Last week I did 61 miles and 6100 ft. My buds 'do it all computer' ( Garmin, I think) says that ride was a 4000 calorie burner! I lose weight when I climb!

Leaving Baldy Village. Seconds after the pic, it started raining.

Getting close to the shack a second time hoping for a lil sun, nope, still froggy!

Seconds after completing the 7200 ft... Some say the more I climb, the more I look like Elvis!...An old fat Elvis but hey, Elvis was cool!Hehehe!
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sometimes I wish it wasnt flat where I live...
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Where we lived in Colorado was about perfect for flatness. That was Fort Collins. It's right at the edge of the mountains on the plains. So around town and to the east, flat as a pancake. To the west, all the mountains you could ever want. I just wasn't into cycling at the time. But I walked up quite a few of them.
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Mtns sure add anotther dimension into cycling. It's great and lots of fun! But I do have dozens of friends that say they want to climb GMR but won't showup!

Plenty of them with the most modern superlite climbing setups.
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Mr Beanz; you make me home sick for the mountains. I moved from Big Bear City in 2001 to Michigan city IN. It is very flat here. I do have lake Michigan to ride by and admire. But, the state of Michigan is nicer to ride in. But no mountains to challenges my climbing skills. Thanks for the pics,
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Mr Beanz; you make me home sick for the mountains. I moved from Big Bear City in 2001 to Michigan city IN. It is very flat here. I do have lake Michigan to ride by and admire. But, the state of Michigan is nicer to ride in. But no mountains to challenges my climbing skills. Thanks for the pics,
Ahh BigBear, nice place! I will be doing an organized ride in 2 weeks "Ride Around the Bear". Not sure if you are familiar, but it's a century from Redlands, up around the lake to Onyx Summit (@ 8400 ft), then back down. Total elevation gain is 10,000 ft. That's the ride I've been training for!

Just totalled up my numbers for the month. 549 miles so far. Another 84 by the end of the month.

Total elvation gain this month, climbing rides alone is 28,000 ft More than I thought!


I will get some pics on the ride too (BigBear). I will post them for the homesick riders!
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