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Old 03-25-12, 01:06 AM
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A good and a bad thing

So I'm back on the bike after general hiatus - my excuse is knee surgery but it's really more than that. I'm in the process of joining a great cycling club I found that actually has recreational rides rather than just training rides.

Anyway I've been on a few rides and I am not the biggest Athena there. It's makes me feel good because some of them are quite strong and skilled riders. So so far it looks like I've met up with a good bunch.

But today we were also at a skills session at one of the local motor racing tracks that has a couple of significant hills and we get to borrow is occasionally. We were practising some paceline stuff and I managed to keep up on the hills while some of the others were really struggling. Not that I am making light of their efforts and not that I like hills, but that used to be me and I get to see how far I've come.

I'll probably always be an Athena but I think I'm at least 30 pounds lighter than when I first came around these forums and it's nice to see it makes a difference.

Anyway, just a bit of a Woot moment for me.
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Old 03-25-12, 01:22 AM
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great to have you back and that you found a wonderful group to ride with. Maybe you can also inspire others to tackle those hills like you!
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Old 03-25-12, 03:09 AM
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That's awesome. After nearly four years of riding by myself, I've finally found a couple of people to ride with occasionally. I can't believe how much of a difference it makes having somebody to go through it with. It's like a whole new world. Put a lot of the "fun" back into is.
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I totally agree! it is so much more fun to ride with someone or a small group than to ride by yourself. I do look forward to my commutes home when I ride to work, good way for me to decompress after work...

I need to find a way to play some music safely when I ride, it would really make it soooooo much more enjoyable for me.

Congrats on getting better and riding stronger! Keep up the Good Work!
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