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Old 09-12-06, 01:57 PM   #1
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Conquering Those HILLS!

As many of you know, I am still endeavoring (wanted to write struggling, but thought better of it) to get fully back in shape following my heart procedure last year, my back going out this summer, losing some weight and some other stuff.

So, I have been doing 25 miles daily, and targeting hills. Today, I conquered one that had been my nemesis for some time, and felt quite good about it.

Strangely, I love hills and the good feeling one has when one reaches the top and you get to go DOWN! and FAST!

NO, I wouldn't begin to keep up with Will Dehne or JPPE, but progress is and should be a very individual thing, relative to your own goals and situations.

So, I will just pat myself on the back a bit!

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Old 09-12-06, 01:59 PM   #2
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Here's another pat on the back...
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So, you're finally over the hill?

Congratulations. Often it is the less glamorous accomplishments that mean the most to us as individuals.

Good luck on your continued fitness improvements.
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And a pat on the back from me too! I can relate to hills and the challenges they can and do present!

Way to go!!!

You should have to chase Cheeseflavor up hills all the time! UGH!
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Old 09-12-06, 02:33 PM   #5
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I find the hills exhillarating and frustrating at the same time. Congrats on conquering one.
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Old 09-12-06, 02:43 PM   #6
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If too many pat you on the back, you may wind up with further back trouble so I will just add my congrats to you. Life is just a bunch of little goals to acheive!
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Way to go!

I too have learned to embrace those hills....now headwinds, that's a different story!
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Old 09-12-06, 02:49 PM   #8
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which hill which hill?

congrats!
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Old 09-12-06, 02:53 PM   #9
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I too have learned to embrace those hills....now headwinds, that's a different story!
This is something I have thought about over the past few days. Some people love hills, some hate them...

But, everyone hates headwinds... and I think I figured out why.

You can point at a hill and say to yourself (or others) "I climbed that" but you can't point at the headwind and visualize what you accomplished because you can't see it.

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I hate it when the hill beats me. The 1.75 miles at 13.5% average grade...still has my number
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Pat pat pat pat pat pat pat.
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Well DONE! Which Hill was it? Do I know it? I don't get much further South than the Cherry Creek Reservoir (that hill is bad enough). Have a second piece of PIE to celebrate .
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Congrats!!

It always feels so good to hit a new benchmark. I'm off work tomorrow and I'm heading for my hilly ride.... I can't wait!
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which hill which hill?

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Well DONE! Which Hill was it? Do I know it? I don't get much further South than the Cherry Creek Reservoir (that hill is bad enough). Have a second piece of PIE to celebrate .
Well, in comparison to other "hills" it really isn't that much, but the point is, for me at this time, it is a challenge. I could have done it easily 3 years ago. But since my my atrial fibrillation and subsequent "procedure" it has been a real bugaboo. This time it was done "in the course of riding a 25 miler" so that I felt good at the top as if I could do this every day.

It was the hill from Motsenbacker Road/Stroh Rd up Crowfoot Valley Road towards Castle Rock to the new turn off to Pradera, and then up the new Pradera Parkway to the top, where you can coast down to the Cherry Creek Trail for several miles of fun!

I am happy that the Cherry Creek Reservoir "hills" are pretty easy for me.


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Congrats.

Anything that you can do today that you couldn't do before, is proof that what you did before doing what you couldn't do previously has made you a better person. (I think.)
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As many of you know, I am still endeavoring (wanted to write struggling, but thought better of it) to get fully back in shape following my heart procedure last year, my back going out this summer, losing some weight and some other stuff.

So, I have been doing 25 miles daily, and targeting hills. Today, I conquered one that had been my nemesis for some time, and felt quite good about it.

Strangely, I love hills and the good feeling one has when one reaches the top and you get to go DOWN! and FAST!

Progress is and should be a very individual thing, relative to your own goals and situations.
Denvr,

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that even at 55 I was never an athlete
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circuit as is a 55 yr. old ex-dorm mate of
mine from the University of Redlands.
(Donald Davidson)

I ride to do my best, work up a good sweat,
gain a sense of accomplishment for the day
and additionally to function as a rolling
billboard as an alternative mode of
transportation to the automobile in
the age of Global Warming and the
Twilight of Peak Oil.

See my Rhoades Car webpage below for
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http://members.ispwest.com/don.boring/rhoades-car/

Congratulations for fighting back and
striving to retain your conditioning.

This exercise will save us all - for a while
and extend the quality and duration of
our lives.

My father is a good example. He is going on
86 in October and still hits the gym 3 or 4
times a week as well as taking walks with
my Mom who is 85 also.

We are NEVER too old to strive for fitness
and health! That's my attitude and I am
betting my life and longevity on it too.
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I hate it when the hill beats me. The 1.75 miles at 13.5% average grade...still has my number

I like the way you guys in Colorado define hills. Hmmm.

OOPS! I guess CA doesn't mean CO. Sorry Dauphin!
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What is the elevation change on that hill? The big one I do on my daily ride is only 260 ft in 0.4 surface miles. A tiny hill to most of you. I need to find a bigger hill. I have come to like hills. Now if I could just become comfortable with standing up to pedal I could go up them fast!
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What is the elevation change on that hill? The big one I do on my daily ride is only 260 ft in 0.4 surface miles. A tiny hill to most of you. I need to find a bigger hill. I have come to like hills. Now if I could just become comfortable with standing up to pedal I could go up them fast!
it starts out around 1200 ft and ends up about 2400 feet..
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Excellent Dnvr!! Proud of ya!! What you've done takes a heck of a lot more fortitude than some of the stuff most of us have done. With your "life history" though, it sounds like you thrive on challenges!!!

Now on to that next hill!
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Old 09-13-06, 08:34 PM   #22
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Here's a few pats on the back from me. Having a herniated L4-L5 and severly bulged L5-S1 and degenerative disc disease in C5-C6, I understand. When I conquer any hill it is cause for celebration. Congrats to you and continue to make those hills your 'friend'.
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