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Old 06-24-09, 08:41 AM   #1
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WOOHOO! Soles of my shoes are CLEAN!

OK, for you hard-cores out there this may seem like a silly thing to get exited about. But for me this is a major milestone.

My 15 mile commute to work includes several nasty hills. When I first started the commute I ended up off the bike walking up most of the hills. Over time I've walked less and peddled more.

Well, today for the first time my shoes didn't touch the pavement on ANY of those hills! Rode them all! Sure, my lungs were ready to explode, my legs were jello, and I was about ready to puke a couple times, but I DID IT! And to top that off, I did the commute in just under an hour, another goal I had set for myself. This is HUGE!

'course, by far the worse hill is just before my house on the commute home. No way I'm ready to peddle that one yet, but that's my next goal.
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Congrats!
I can most certainly relate, though I can choose several alternate routes that offer mellower grades for my grind up onto the "bench" above the city. I'm getting back into cycling form after several years off the bike, and I've noticed an encouraging return to fitness (still in progress) - for me, it has manifested as standing and climbing for certain hills in higher gears when compared to a couple of months ago.

There is a certain hill that I avoid due to its ridiculous steepness. I figure I can occasionally choose to ride it to check in with my fitness level and give the system a shock.

Well done!
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OK, for you hard-cores out there this may seem like a silly thing to get exited about. But for me this is a major milestone.

My 15 mile commute to work includes several nasty hills. When I first started the commute I ended up off the bike walking up most of the hills. Over time I've walked less and peddled more.

Well, today for the first time my shoes didn't touch the pavement on ANY of those hills! Rode them all! Sure, my lungs were ready to explode, my legs were jello, and I was about ready to puke a couple times, but I DID IT! And to top that off, I did the commute in just under an hour, another goal I had set for myself. This is HUGE!

'course, by far the worse hill is just before my house on the commute home. No way I'm ready to peddle that one yet, but that's my next goal.
YO, ADRIAN!
i thought this was going to be something about how your brakes failed going down mount doom...
congrats! i wish i could make my commute in under an hour. :[
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Old 06-24-09, 10:01 AM   #4
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Great Post! Well done
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Congrats!
I can most certainly relate, though I can choose several alternate routes that offer mellower grades for my grind up onto the "bench" above the city.
Ahh, the Bench. Former Lake Bonneville shoreline. Plus the one 300' lower - Provo shoreline. Everytime I go to Salt Lake City, I feel I'm at the bottom of a reservoir, waiting for the water to rise again. Yes I know, not on topic.
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Be careful climbing those hills - You might get to liking it and seek them out!
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Ahh, the Bench. Former Lake Bonneville shoreline. Plus the one 300' lower - Provo shoreline. Everytime I go to Salt Lake City, I feel I'm at the bottom of a reservoir, waiting for the water to rise again. Yes I know, not on topic.
Spot on!
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