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    Over 50, and not 2 tired UniGeezer's Avatar
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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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    That's remarkable.

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    Incredible. Way to go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barrettscv View Post
    That's remarkable.
    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Burkhart View Post
    Incredible. Way to go.
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by bhchdh View Post
    Well done sir, very well done.
    Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by steve0257 View Post
    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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    Well done!
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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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    You da man!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by UniGeezer View Post
    Thanks!

    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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