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Old 06-21-13, 10:04 PM
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Congratulations Billydonn!

I ticked over the 25,000 mile mark today and I feel pretty good about it. June 19, 2008 was my first ride, a 5 miler, so I passed this milestone nearly five years to the day from my first ride. I'm about 50 pounds lighter and my cardiovascular system is amazing compared to 2008. Using Androgel for the last 18 months as been a big help too. This is going well.

Fittingly, today's ride was one of those where you have legs that don't hurt hardly at all and your lungs open like magic. I could not find enough hills to enjoy it fully. Also rode an inordinate amount of time in the drops, especially into the wind. Yes, this is going well.

https://app.strava.com/activities/61995618

25,019 miles of cycling total... I feel bad for people who do not do this.
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Old 06-22-13, 12:10 AM
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5,000 a year is not bad for a newcomer

Just wish I could get to that mileage but feel I make up for it in elevation sometimes. Well done
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Old 06-22-13, 01:27 AM
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Originally Posted by stapfam View Post
5,000 a year is not bad for a newcomer

Just wish I could get to that mileage but feel I make up for it in elevation sometimes. Well done
I don't think I even rode quite that much in my 30s when I rode the most. Not every year anyway. Congrats Billy !
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Old 06-22-13, 08:21 AM
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Sounds pretty good to me.

I'm happy to report that 50 of those miles were with me.
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Old 06-22-13, 08:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
Sounds pretty good to me.

I'm happy to report that 50 of those miles were with me.
You've got me beat. I only got in 30 miles with him.
Congratulations Don. well done.
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Old 06-22-13, 09:43 AM
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Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
Sounds pretty good to me.

I'm happy to report that 50 of those miles were with me.
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You've got me beat. I only got in 30 miles with him.
Congratulations Don. well done.
It was a pleasure in both cases gents. Thanks.
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Old 06-22-13, 09:56 AM
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Originally Posted by billydonn View Post
It was a pleasure in both cases gents. Thanks.
Somehow or another we never actually rode together in Glenwood Springs - although we rode the same places!

Anyway, congratulations.
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Old 06-22-13, 03:04 PM
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Congrats BD!
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Don,
Congratulations on passing that milestone, well done sir, well done. That kind of thing is a big motivator for me to improve my riding and the mileage.

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Old 06-22-13, 04:21 PM
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You're a couple of thousand miles ahead of me but I didn't get a road bike until December 08. But it's pretty cool to feel better at 71 then I did at 61. I rode 65 miles today and I never dreamed of doing that 5 years ago. Not only has cycling helped my physical strength but has put me in touch with some of the nicest people I've ever known
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Nice BD, that's a great accomplishment!!

Looking back from where you've started, I'll bet you've surprised yourself. The journey can be pretty amazing once you put your heart into something.

Had to get out the calculator, just to see how many miles I need to ride in a week just to hit 5K. Between commuting and weekend rides, I think I'm on track.

You should celebrate with some pie, and ice cream, you earned it!!
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Old 06-22-13, 05:00 PM
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Congrats on hitting that 25,000 mile mark and the weight loss. It's great to achieve something like this at an age where most people think we should be taking it easy.

I got my first bike in October of 2009 as a 63rd birthday present from my wife. I didn't really start to ride until spring of 2010. I haven't quite reached your status, but I've lost 35 pounds and I'm very close to 15,000 overall miles. I only started keeping track of my mileage when I got my hybrid in July of 2010, so I don't know how many miles I put on the bike that my wife gave me.
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Old 06-22-13, 05:39 PM
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You go BD! That is awesome
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Right on and ride on. You've finished your first lap around the Earth. Now that you're warmed up, time to take off for the moon.
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Preach it fellow 50+! You are really dedicated and an inspiration to many other riders. Keep pedaling!!
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Way to go and go and goooooo!
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Old 06-22-13, 08:18 PM
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1026 Rides not counting

There have been 1026 rides to get to the 25k point, FYI... and thanks all for the nice words.
I am not counting the miles accumulated in 1950

Or the rides in 1956
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Congratulations on a great 5 years. Never give up.
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And I did few with him in CO at the 50+meet. Well done, Don!
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Congratulations, billydonn. That is quite an achievement.
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Old 06-23-13, 05:31 PM
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And I did few with him in CO at the 50+meet. Well done, Don!
Great to hear from you Arthur... hope you and Maureen are well.
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Congratulations on a great 5 years. Never give up.
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Congratulations, billydonn. That is quite an achievement.
Thanks George and BK. Not saying it's an epic achievement or anything. There are certainly many here who have done more.... but it's a little milestone that I think deserves noting in the march towards competence. I am very fortunate to have gone through it with very few bumps and scrapes and no musculoskeletal injuries.
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Congrats. Wish I had started logging sooner. Current bike has 4600 miles in almost three years. First two years I also had a Trek commuter that I put 2000 on. Nowhere near your totals. I ride Monday through Friday, but only tem miles most days. Longer rides on the weekends. Maybe I should shoot for a 640 mile July. You inspire.
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