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14.5 miles!

Old 08-12-14, 04:21 PM
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14.5 miles!

Not a huge number for a lot of people here. But my longest ride in several years. Legs felt strong all the out and back!
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Nice ride keep it up!
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Awesome. Keep it up.
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AWESOME JOB! I did my second 12 mile ride and it feels great! Keep spinning!!
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Well done!
I haven't done much more than that. Keep pedaling.
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My best has been 14 miles on a very hot day last year. Had total knee replacement in March and my best so far this year has been 12 miles. I know I can do more it is just a mind issue. Keep up the miles.
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Smiles not miles. Just make sure you keep it fun.
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Great job! Keep it up. You will be churning the pavement for many more miles.
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Way to go! Many more milestones to come.
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That's awesome! I just did ten the other day, which was a 2 mile increase for me! Keep it up!

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A lot for some is a warmup for others. IT DOESN'T MATTER!!!! Great job. Glad it felt so good. Can't wait to hear about your first 20!
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Originally Posted by PhotoJoe
A lot for some is a warmup for others. IT DOESN'T MATTER!!!! Great job. Glad it felt so good. Can't wait to hear about your first 20!
This!

Congrats on the new milestone!
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Old 08-12-14, 10:39 PM
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Congratulations!! Enjoy yourself!!
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Congrats, it's definitely an accomplishment.

I remember my first 16 mile ride. I was on a junk bike and it took me forever. I'm 1 year in since starting last year at the beginning of August. Now 15-20 is routine on the bike trails as I'm only looking for 1-1.5 hour exercise. I have nothing but rollercoaster hills so only 10 miles is typical on the road, but I've ridden up to 20 on the road (that's about 2-2.5 hours on the road for me.)

I don't ride longer distances than that often since I'm time limited most of the time. I do get some 20+ in now and then when my wife is off work on the weekends (this weekend I'm planning 36 miles at a trail I have been wanting to visit on a rare weekend off for Wifey.) It won't be long and you'll be riding your first 20, 25, 30 mile ride. If you're not time crunched like I am, the distances will probably get longer and longer. This cycling is addictive. I just found myself this year starting to ride longer distances but less often and my main goal is daily exercise, so I cut it back down since I don't want to leave the kids home alone all evening long.

Now if it would quit raining every evening....
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Originally Posted by SammyJ
Not a huge number for a lot of people here. But my longest ride in several years. Legs felt strong all the out and back!
Well done. Sounds like you are ready for longer rides.
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Congrats, that is a nice accomplishment. Keep up the good work!! Don't forget to have fun!!
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Congrats!
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Any good ride will keep you coming back! Enjoy the smile.
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Good job!

What matters are your goals and your miles and your legs.

I remember when that distance was my long ride. There's always someone faster or with more distance.

Rides hadn't gotten much longer than 15 miles for me when non-riding relatives started saying I was crazy. They still say it now on rides I consider "short". Funny how your perspective on what a long ride is changes.
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Good milestone to break! Keep it up!
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I remember my first 15 mile ride, it was a one way trip to the grocery store at the time, I kept thinking I would never make it. Now I do it at least twice a week and feel better and faster each time.

CONGRATS SammyJ!
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I am almost at 500 miles this season and I bet 400 of those miles are on trips less than 14.5. Congrats on your accomplishment.
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