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Expanding the limits...

Old 09-01-22, 08:56 AM
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Expanding the limits...

I began cycling in June 2017. I was 57 and weighed 265 (now 225). Rode my first century in Sept. 2018 - almost didn't finish. Rode my 2nd in March 2019 and with almost 7k feet of climbing, it was tough!

My brother, an avid rider for 5 years longer, challenged me in 2020 to do 12 centuries - one for each month. I thought he was cray-cray! But somehow it clicked and - he in Virginia, me in Georgia, 600 miles apart - started our challenge. He ended up with 12 centuries - I ended up with 14.

Last year he ended up with 14 - and I ended up with 16. Hey, the brotherly competition thing is good! He's 51 and I'm 63 - can't let the youth win, ya know?

So far this year he's at 7 and I'm at 10. A few weekends ago I decided to go for a brevet - a double metric. Decided to round it up to 125 miles... and then during the ride, realized - if I add 1 more mile I'll have a ride that's double-my-age! So I did 126 for my longest ride to date.

My brother did do a 200 mile ride last year with 4 friends! So he's got me beat in the longest ride category, at least for now.

Y'all are an inspiration to keep pushing the pedals!

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If you want to be really perspired, look up Randonneurs USA. I think there is a chapter in Georgia that runs brevets.
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Yep, atlanta has a club and they do rides all over Georgia. I follow them on facebook because I keep thinking doing an early season ride would be good for me, but I haven't gone down there yet.
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