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Old 03-25-19, 01:03 PM
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She is my hero!

" Thank you dad!" - She said. Funny thing is she almost never calls me dad. She calls me Pops because she says I'm too old."
"What for?" I asked.
"For making me try again!"
"You're welcome honey but I didn't make you. It was your idea, remember?"
"Several minutes later she said: "Dad, I'm really proud of myself. I'm happy I tried." A bit more time passed she asked If I would be mad or if I she called the ride short after lunch. We had set for a 30 miler with a lunch at mile 18. Big brother was gonna meet us with his car after his soccer practice. She asked if she could ride home with him. "I'm really tired!" The climb wasn't what made her tired. She was pushing the pace really hard in an attempt to break her mileage record. At lunch she said: "I should've paced myself. I went really hard at the beginning. Can we try again next weekend?"
Sure honey and no, I'm not mad at you. I love you and you make me proud!

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Old 03-25-19, 01:12 PM
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Beautiful! She's Queen of the Hill(s)!!
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Old 03-25-19, 01:42 PM
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"The Look" at 50 seconds in
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Good on her!
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Nice job dad, good on her too. That was great to watch!
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Old 03-25-19, 02:26 PM
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great! but I don't like this hill for practice, for a new(er) rider. this day seems quiet but with traffic coming in both directions & there being a blind aspect to it, it has some bad potential. (coming from an overly protective parent) meaning the hill obscures drivers' (from both directions) views of oncoming traffic

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Old 03-25-19, 02:37 PM
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That's a big hill for a kid. She's tough! Well done.


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Old 03-25-19, 03:28 PM
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Originally Posted by rumrunn6 View Post
great! but I don't like this hill for practice, for a new(er) rider. this day seems quiet but with traffic coming in both directions & there being a blind aspect to it, it has some bad potential. (coming from an overly protective parent) meaning the hill obscures drivers' (from both directions) views of oncoming traffic
It's a dead end residential neighborhood on the edge of the town. The streets and houses on top of the hill are not finished yet. You could stay at that hill all day long and you're probably gonna see less cars than you have fingers on your hand.
I'm not gonna dwell on the overprotective parent part of your comment as I didn't detect any malice on your comment. Thank you for the concern but I'll never put my kid in a situation it would be unsafe for her.

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Old 03-25-19, 03:58 PM
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That's a big hill for a kid. She's tough! Well done.


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Couldn't say it better.
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Old 03-25-19, 04:29 PM
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Originally Posted by MattTheHat View Post
That's a big hill for a kid. She's tough! Well done.


-Matt
The video and pics don't make the hill justice. It starts easy but it kicks to a nasty 8%. She got caught by surprise the first time around and ran out of momentum on too heavy of a gear. After she found out she had a granny gear she managed OK. The second attempt she went to the granny too soon and started spinning too much. She recovered well and made it through.


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Old 03-26-19, 09:09 AM
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I enjoyed this. Good dad and great kid. What is she, around 11 years old?
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Great post.

When my daughter (probably about 8, at the time) and I rode together, as we got near home she would always yell "Tour de France time" and pedal her legs off to beat me to our street. I always let her win.

She's 27 now, a mother and a NICU nurse - she's still one of my heroes.
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Great stuff! I probably don’t need to tell you, but you’re gonna want to file this one away to the archives. It won’t be long before she’ll be waiting for you at the hilltops on those rare rides you’ll share. Moments like this are what life is all about. Thanks for sharing.

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Old 03-26-19, 10:25 AM
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Originally Posted by noglider View Post
I enjoyed this. Good dad and great kid. What is she, around 11 years old?
Thank you! She just turned 10. She's been riding on a tag-along since she was 4.
She loves our adventures.
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Old 03-26-19, 10:43 AM
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Great determined girl and a very supportive dad.
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3 years later - "Come On Dad, lets go do some hill repeats"

No kids myself but I've a 30 year old nephew I'm close to whom I got into mountain and road cycling at age 17. Gave him a Heron road bike that he used for 7 years to commute on when he lived in Melbourne AU. LOVES cycling !.
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Very cool!
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Heart swells. Great job dad and daughter!
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Originally Posted by Kedosto View Post
Great stuff! I probably don’t need to tell you, but you’re gonna want to file this one away to the archives. It won’t be long before she’ll be waiting for you at the hilltops on those rare rides you’ll share. Moments like this are what life is all about. Thanks for sharing.

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I hope they won't be too rare. I'm glad I skipped the local club first saturday ride of the year to go riding with her.
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She rocks . Awesome.
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Here is our new adventure if anybody is interested. She did 21 miles after a soccer game she wanted to go for a ride. Only condition we had to stop for a blue slushee which I obliged.
The video is at the very end as we were arriving to the car parked on the other side of this bridge.
Love every minute with here.

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Here is our new adventure if anybody is interested. She did 21 miles after a soccer game she wanted to go for a ride. Only condition we had to stop for a blue slushee which I obliged.
The video is at the very end as we were arriving to the car parked on the other side of this bridge.
Love every minute with here.

https://youtu.be/vGrsL2uMZkA
A good parent would have made her get the far superior cherry slushee, at least it's roughly the same color as the fruit it supposed to simulate.

I kid, I kid! Great thread, great daughter and dad adventures. Looks like you're going to have an amazing summer.
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A good parent would have made her get the far superior cherry slushee, at least it's roughly the same color as the fruit it supposed to simulate.

I kid, I kid! Great thread, great daughter and dad adventures. Looks like you're going to have an amazing summer.
Oh man, you’ll pick up a fight with her. The blue slushee is her favorite and don’t even try to convince her otherwise.
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