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    Gina's ride report, umm,not like we wanted!

    Gina's first attempt to cross GMR to the village. Uhhh, not like we wanted! Prolly my fault cause we did a 32 mile ride the day before at my suggestion. We started the ride with the Orange County Rebels. It was s'posed to be a ride inviting first time GMR riders. They never show up though!

    We quickly found ourselves at the tail end of the pack. I kept telling Gina to slow down as I know she was going to need everything she had later in the ride. At about mile 2, we caught one of the guys from our group that had been ahead of us. Sure eough as we passed, he picked up his pace. We'd pass him again then he'd do the same thing again. I told Gina not to pay attention to him and hold her pace. She did and finally at about mile 6, the guy fell way back. Gina had completed the first 8 miles of GMR before, but that was it. So I was pretty happy as we reached the 8 mile mark. I told her we cold turn back if she liked as we are not climbers. Nope, she wantd to continue. The guy behind us turned back at the 8 miler.

    We continued and I saw he begin to struggle at about mile 12, so I suggested we turn back. Nope! Then again at mile 14, Nope! Then miles 16.5 when the hills kicks back up, her legs were pretty much toast. I said,"let's head back". Again she said no, but this time I said, "no, we need to save some for the way back cause there are a couple of hills on the return". So we headed back down the mtn.

    On the way home, she bagan to cry. She said she felt bad cause she didn't complete the ride and was the tail end. I said, "are you kidding, the Rebel riders are all experienced double century riders and all are in great shape". The only guy that was a newbie on the mtn was the guy that turned back at 8. The Rebel riders are great riders and the "cream of the crop". One guy even did "Ride Around the Bear" in 6.5 hours on a bad day! Aint no way we're keeping up with them!

    She had just a little bit more climbing to do then the mtn would have been hers! I know a few friends and forum members that have also turned back at that point! I told her next time we try it, we'll use fresh legs cause I know she can do it! I think nearly 4,000 ft in 16.5 miles on her first mtn ride is great!

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    Tell her a lot of us wish our wives/girlfriends would try cycling. She's awesome for going up there, and I'm sure if she keeps riding, she'll be going to the village in no time, she should be proud.

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    Well, I guess if you hadn't forced her to turn back at mile 16.5 you both would have made it to the village. Glad to hear you both had fun on the mountain this morning. Nice report...
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    Quote Originally Posted by big john
    Tell her a lot of us wish our wives/girlfriends would try cycling. She's awesome for going up there, and I'm sure if she keeps riding, she'll be going to the village in no time, she should be proud.
    Thanx! That's what I tell her. GMR gets easier everytime you do it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Fixer
    Well, I guess if you hadn't forced her to turn back at mile 16.5 you both would have made it to the village.
    Yeah, but maybe we'd still be there! She gets heat exhaustion easily. Then she loses all her senses! She might not have made it back safely. Worst yet, she might not have remembered who's in charge!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz
    Worst yet, she might not have remembered who's in charge!
    Obviously she doesn't read your post!!
    Hills area always hard the first few times(and most everytime), she is using different muscles and for very long periods of time. Tell her to keep up the good work, since she won't read this post for herself.

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    Mrs. Pico only made it to the top of GMR the first time she tried it. Her second time she made it all the way to the lifts.

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    Beanz, have you though about taking her up on the tandem? Sounds like she's a strong rider. She'll be able to solo it in no time.
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    Tell Gina she's a winner in my book. 16.5 miles up GMR is awesome!!!!

    You guys goin next Saturday? I'll be there. That's reason enough to show up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blastinbob
    Obviously she doesn't read your post!!
    Hills area always hard the first few times(and most everytime), she is using different muscles and for very long periods of time. Tell her to keep up the good work, since she won't read this post for herself.
    The reason I took her up there. I told her climbing is a whole difeent monster!

    And yes, she knows what I post. TCR is my witness. On the Palmsprings century couple of years ago, Gina told him she knows that I post some crazy things once in a while. She knows my sense of humor, part of the reason she married me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nachoman
    Beanz, have you though about taking her up on the tandem? Sounds like she's a strong rider. She'll be able to solo it in no time.
    Hmm, that sounds painful! I've gone up and down GMR with some tandems. They were some excellent riders. We're ok, so I think it'll be a while before we attempt the tandem!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pico
    Mrs. Pico only made it to the top of GMR the first time she tried it. Her second time she made it all the way to the lifts.
    Start your own thread showoff! ....I've read the threads about Mrs. Pico. She's a monster (in a good climbing way)!

    We're Clydes! I'm lucky If I can make it across GMR!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TCR
    Tell Gina she's a winner in my book. 16.5 miles up GMR is awesome!!!!

    You guys goin next Saturday? I'll be there. That's reason enough to show up.
    Hopefully! I think she'll have a better chance that day since her legs should be fresh. I don't get off work till 3 am somedays, so it'll depend on if I can get out of bed after 2 or 3 hours of sleep! It would be worth it to see her make it across though!


    I'm hoping there will be a few other slow climbers to hang with. Remember Gina is a Grandma with one kidney. So somebody bring their Grandma to ride with us!

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    Outstanding job Gina! You kept going when a lot of other's would have turned around! Keep at it, and you'll be at the top in no time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gretzky
    Outstanding job Gina! You kept going when a lot of other's would have turned around! Keep at it, and you'll be at the top in no time!
    I'll be turning around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gretzky
    Outstanding job Gina! You kept going when a lot of other's would have turned around! Keep at it, and you'll be at the top in no time!
    She said, "Thanx and hopefully next time"!..........then she walked into the bedroom and started crying again. See what you did? (kidding, but she did say Thanx!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by voltman
    I'll be turning around.
    I doubt it! You got "The Look" man! Once you get up there with a group, it's very motivating to finish.

    Once I did an 80 miler the day before. Then Rick from the Rebelriders talked me into doing GMR the next day. It's agood thing that he was too far ahead of me to see me cry, but I finished!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Beanz
    I don't get off work till 3 am somedays, so it'll depend on if I can get out of bed after 2 or 3 hours of sleep!
    OK, I'll give you a call Saturday morning to make sure you're awake. 5:00am sound good?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TCR
    OK, I'll give you a call Saturday morning to make sure you're awake. 5:00am sound good?
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    Oh so you're "The 5 am Breather"?

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    Right behind you, Voltman.


    Quote Originally Posted by voltman
    I'll be turning around.
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