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Old 09-01-09, 09:47 PM   #1
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I climbed my hills

Well, this morning on my ride home from work I climbed the two hills that I had been having to walk partway up!!! I was pretty out of breath and quivery at the top but. . . . . I DID IT!! Of course, understand that they are not really very big hills but they were proving an obstacle for me. So, today I have been very proud of myself. Just wanted to share.
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Old 09-01-09, 09:49 PM   #2
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Keep up the Good work, Congrads
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Old 09-01-09, 10:03 PM   #3
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awesome!

doesn't matter how big the hills are....slow and steady wins the race.
But then, you knew that...turtle woman .

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Great feeling ain't it?? You've every right to feel proud of yourself. There's a hill around here that is still a challenge to me. Whenever I attack it I play Eye of the Tiger on my mp3 player. You know, the Rocky song? Gets me up that hill every time. Keep up the good work!
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Old 09-01-09, 11:57 PM   #5
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Just remember, once you've done it, you CAN do it again. Even if it's struggle, all you have to do is tell yourself, "I've done it ,now relax and do it again, relaaaax, relaaaaaax, just get there"!!

When I stuggle up a hill, the thought comes to my head, if I can do on my worst day, I can do it on my best day.
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Old 09-02-09, 03:00 AM   #6
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I think everyone remembers finally making it up "The Hill". It's one of the best feelings of accomplishment I've had since my often interrupted return to cycling.

Just keep riding and amazing things happen.
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fantastic! well done, you'll have to look for new hills soon
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In 2003 (or there abouts) I lived in Iwakuni Japan. I was 300 lbs. give or take. I took charge and began to run and bike and swim. I had a cheap, cheap mountain bike that I bought at the exchange.

There was this hill out in town I used to dread riding up. It was my nemesis, my arch enemy, a seemingly impossible climb.

Anyway now it is 2009 and I once again live in Iwakuni Japan. I planned a bike ride as soon as I got here to climb that hill of death.

I come rolling up to some familiar landmarks and I know it's right around the corner.

I am not kidding you that this hill that owned me in 2003 is barely a bump in the road.

I was embarrassed for myself having been that out of shape that a bump in the road was insurmountable then.

The morale to my story.........Keep cranking on those pedals and that hill that you conquered today will seem like a joke in the not so near future.

Congratulations for climbing and winning.

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Old 09-02-09, 05:20 AM   #9
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Congrats TW! It is a wonderful thing to conquer your "hill of death"! I finally did mine last month, and as John alluded, it and others are starting to look smaller.
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I don't have a "hill of death" per se but I do have one that I could not climb in high school (25 or so years ago). I still go out of my way and do a climb on it and it still kicks my a## but I make it up.
I want to lay down when I get to the end now but at least I'm at the top. Anyway, I recover better now.
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My hill has three ways up. There's the long way, the middle way and the short way. I can ride all three, though #2 and #3 are truly difficult.

The best part is that most bicyclists don't ride at all. They walk. I don't think I've ever seen anyone else pedal up.

Soon you'll likely notice the same thing. Your pride will justifiably grow.
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Congrats !!!

Now get out there and do it again!
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Well, this morning on my ride home from work I climbed the two hills that I had been having to walk partway up!!! I was pretty out of breath and quivery at the top but. . . . . I DID IT!! Of course, understand that they are not really very big hills but they were proving an obstacle for me. So, today I have been very proud of myself. Just wanted to share.
Eventually, you'll be checking maps to try and figure out what happened to that hill. That's what happened to me on an organized ride I take once a year. I thought they'd changed the course, because the "hill from hell" was gone. Nope, same course, same hill, just no "hell" anymore.
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In 2003 (or there abouts) I lived in Iwakuni Japan. I was 300 lbs. give or take. I took charge and began to run and bike and swim. I had a cheap, cheap mountain bike that I bought at the exchange.

There was this hill out in town I used to dread riding up. It was my nemesis, my arch enemy, a seemingly impossible climb.

Anyway now it is 2009 and I once again live in Iwakuni Japan. I planned a bike ride as soon as I got here to climb that hill of death.

I come rolling up to some familiar landmarks and I know it's right around the corner.

I am not kidding you that this hill that owned me in 2003 is barely a bump in the road.

I was embarrassed for myself having been that out of shape that a bump in the road was insurmountable then.

The morale to my story.........Keep cranking on those pedals and that hill that you conquered today will seem like a joke in the not so near future.

Congratulations for climbing and winning.

John
very nicely put
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Old 09-02-09, 02:13 PM   #15
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Save for the effects of wind, rain or heat that hill will get easier every time you climb it now!
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Old 09-02-09, 03:31 PM   #16
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Knowing that you can do it is most of the battle. We all knew you could do it, and now so do you. Go out and kick that hills a$$! Take care.

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Old 09-02-09, 07:05 PM   #17
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Congratulations!
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I think everyone remembers finally making it up "The Hill".
...and then it's time to find a new challange.
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Congrats! I was cursing some smallish hills today, only being my second ride back after a surgery and 5-6 weeks off the bike. What stinks is the day prior to surgery I did my longest ride, had my best avg mph and did a hill that I didn't think I could and wanted to ride more. Today I thought my lungs were on fire, my legs felt like noodles and the small hill seemed ready to defeat me. I found looking at the front wheels and the ground just in front of me and not looking at the hill helped a bunch.

It is a great feeling doing things that seemed impossible. With each one you start to believe so much more is possible, and that is a great feeling. Hope you have that joyful feeling many more times.

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Awesome!!

Remember that feeling and you will continue to get stronger!!
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...and then it's time to find a new challange.
Indeed. Or the challenge finds you. They're always around the corner, it seems.
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Congranulations! I find your posts most encouraging! It's great to watch your progress as you get better, stronger and more confident.
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Knowing that you can do it is most of the battle. We all knew you could do it, and now so do you. Go out and kick that hills a$$! Take care.


My thoughts exactly! The first time is by far the most difficult!

Next thing you know, you'll be looking for bigger and better challenges. Go get 'em!
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Well, this morning on my ride home from work I climbed the two hills that I had been having to walk partway up!!! I was pretty out of breath and quivery at the top but. . . . . I DID IT!! Of course, understand that they are not really very big hills but they were proving an obstacle for me. So, today I have been very proud of myself. Just wanted to share.
Every more advanced hill goes through the same process:

First attempt, will this hill never end, better walk the rest of the way
Few times later, I think I can, I think I can --- maybe not...
Few weeks and attempt later, I DID IT!!!! (used a gear that would embarrass granny to be caught in, but I did it)
Months some more attempts, hey I didn't even a really low gear
More many more times later, wasn't there a hill around here somewhere?
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