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Old 02-23-11, 06:28 PM   #1
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NEW RECORD FARGO STREET HILL CLIMB!!!!On a UNICYCLE!

SUCCESS!!!

Today I decided to make another attempt at the monster of all climbs: Fargo Street in Los Angeles. It's 33% grade makes it one of the 3 steepest streets in the US! I had doubts since I couldn't seem to get more than about 300 of the 530 total feet. But having just turned 55 in January, I knew it was now or never for this challenge!

That last half is a killer and it's where most fail. With my friend Steve's encouragement, I set out to conquer Fargo...for the first time ever! I had come close in mid/late 2009 when I tried it last, but I lost momentum and fell off. I mounted again and finished, and although it wasn't a successful climb, I was proud of my "almost" attempt.

Today I gave it all I had, to the point where my max heart rate went *beyond* the 165bpm I had figured as my max, to a chest pounding 171! And I had already maxed out by the HALFWAY point!

I could barely breathe and my lungs were burning so bad I thought they would explode! When I heard Steve shout out, "20 feet left" (He later admitted it was really more like 40 haha) I felt a rush of adrenaline that pushed me over the top!

I made it to the top of Fargo in 3:02, and it was the greatest feeling! I had originally thought that going with a 20" wheel would be easier, lighter, and turn much easier. I made the decision to stick with my kh 24, with a lighter road tire. It paid off! If I never do it again, at least now I can say, I DID IT!

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Old 02-23-11, 06:31 PM   #2
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That's remarkable.
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Old 02-23-11, 06:33 PM   #3
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Incredible. Way to go.
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Thanks guys! I'm still stoked about it and can't really believe I did it. My friend Steve's rooting me on helped a LOT!
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Well done sir, very well done.
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Fargo hill climb? I've been in Fargo. There are no hills in Fargo.
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Fargo hill climb? I've been in Fargo. There are no hills in Fargo.
Haha, you said "in" as in Fargo, NC? The "Fargo" I refer to is the name of a street in Los Angeles, in the Silverlake district near Echo park. Pretty famous street, and so there definitely is a [steeeeep] hill *on* Fargo.
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A great accomplishment, for anyone at any age
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Way to set the bar really high- most impressive. Steve deserves applause, too. I'm exhausted.
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Congrats!!! I just showed this to my wife, she told me: "I am tired!"
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Haha, you said "in" as in Fargo, NC? The "Fargo" I refer to is the name of a street in Los Angeles, in the Silverlake district near Echo park. Pretty famous street, and so there definitely is a [steeeeep] hill *on* Fargo.
Fargo ND. Where the city has contour elevation maps available with a contour interval of one foot.
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