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A gift to myself

Sunday, October 23, 2011

I turned 60 years old today!!!!!!!
Yesterday I gave myself a very important birthday gift that will stay with me forever. I gave myself a lesson in what is possible with a positive attitude and determination.
Shortly after my knee replacement surgery in June, I decided it would be a good exercise in my ability to access my capabilities if I were to ride my bicycle 60 miles on or before my birthday. Well, yesterday was the day!!!!
About a month ago, I told some people about my plans and some offered to ride with me. I thought that would be a great time, so I began preparing to ride to a small town 30 miles from home for lunch with my friends and then ride back. We even had a friend who offered to drive along with a bike rack and extra bike.
As of the beginning of the week, everyone except the chase car driver had backed out of the ride!!!
I told him he didn't have to use up a Saturday just to follow me, and that I would revise my route and just ride the paths and streets here in town. I was going to do this, even if I did it alone!!!!!!
Yesterday it was sunny, calm, and very cool. Perfect conditions!!!!!
After my normal morning activities ( weight workout, breakfast, and walk the dog) I headed out to start my ride. I had never ridden more than 25 miles in one day in my life, so I was very unsure of my ability to make my goal. I decided to start with one of my favorite bike paths, and just took off.
At 20 miles I headed home to have a snack and refill my water supply. When I got home I found a friend who had just stopped in to visit, so my return was delayed slightly. The next route was to a new path that I had never been on before, and since I had made plans to meet another friend ( who doesn't ride) for lunch, that ride was only 15 miles. Even at that I was ahead of the schedule of half before lunch and half after!!!!
By the time I rode home to take my dog outside, the wind had come up it was now blowing at 15 to 20 MPH from the southwest, and some gusts were stronger. So to show how smart I am, I took of to explore more areas that I had never been on before. My route lead me out of town and onto 4 miles of gravel road!!! Not wanting to go back on that, I found a paved road leading to the main highway back to town. It is a nice 4 lane with wide shoulders, so I thought it would be perfect. WRONG!!! I was going directly into the wind - and I found 2 hills that I had never noticed when I was in my car. I am not a very fast rider, but I didn't know I could ride that slow and stay upright!!! LOL
I got back to town out of water, tired and with 9 miles left. So I took a short break, filled my water bottles and took off again. The goal was in sight and I WOULD reach it!!!!!!
I hit a path close to home and took off. By that time I was really watching as the tenth of miles ticked by on my odometer!!! My calculations were right on. As I turned on to the street where I live, I saw 60.00 appear !!!!!!!
I was in the saddle for 6 hours total, and was very tired, but I DID IT!!!!!!!!!
I am proud of what I accoomplished and glad that I pushed myself to do it.
Who knows, maybe next year I'll go for 61!!!!!

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IMEMINE1 11/24/2012 2:32PM

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JOYATLAST 2/18/2012 3:30PM

    Congratulations!!!! I can't think of a better way to celebrate 60 years than by tackling a new accomplishment. Win or lose you're alive and well!!!! Success is that much sweeter. Cheers to YOU! We rejoice with you.
BTW: I know all about wondering how you can stay upright at such a snails pace up those hills!!! LOL

*high 5* You can be proud!!!!!!! I am.

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KCNEWF 10/30/2011 7:52PM

    Excellent! 60 miles is a very significant biking distance! emoticon

It is very inspiring to see you set and reach this very significant goal!

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DAVEINSEOUL 10/30/2011 5:29AM

    Way to go, Greg! That's just awesome. 60 miles on your 60th birthday - what a gift!

Let's see - next May I'll be 58 - so 58 miles for me? Or should I double it - 116 miles - now that would be a real, real hard challenge. Hmmm.....

Glad your special day turned out so well!

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KALISWALKER 10/29/2011 8:58AM

    Congratulations to you and your knee! What a wonderful accomplishment. All the best to you in the next year.

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WILDFIREKRISTIN 10/27/2011 11:48PM

    I am with everyone else...first, Happy Birthday! You are a true inspiration to many I see and I agree all the way. What a fabulous gift to give yourself.
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EXCUSES-BE-GONE 10/26/2011 3:06PM

    Congrats on your accomplishment! Happy Belated Birthday!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 10/24/2011 4:32PM

    Happy belated birthday, how did I miss that? Congrats on accomplishing your biking goal. I know you are very pleased, as I can tell from your blog. I want you to know you continue to inspire me and I'm very proud of you reaching your goals. Hope you aren't saddle sore after such a long ride. YOU ROCK !!!

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CAROLANN27 10/24/2011 12:14PM

    You are such an inspiration. I likd your blog so much I read it to my grandson who was sitting at a table near me working on his hobby. He liked it too. You're the king!

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RAINBOWMF 10/24/2011 9:27AM

    What an inspiration you are Gregg.
Wonderful birthday gift to YOU!

60 miles is no easy feat, I am so happy for yea!

I like the way you were determined to do the ride and nothing stopped you.

What a guy!!!!!!

Happy Birthday!

Hugs Mary

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ACTIVE_AT_60 10/24/2011 6:22AM

    First Happy Birthday. I cannot come up with enough positive comments related to how you decided to celebrate your birthday. Beyond feeling proud (rightfully so) I also hope you feel good about what you did yesterday. In the words of John Bingham - the miracle isn't that I finished - the miracle is that I had the courage to start.

Well done my man.

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MRDPOLING 10/24/2011 6:11AM

    emoticon Happy Birthday!!!! emoticon

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SUNNYWBL 10/24/2011 1:56AM

    What a great present for your birthday! and a big BOO-HISS for your friends (?) that chickened out.

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WATERMELLEN 10/23/2011 8:52PM

    So impressive -- you did not let ANYTHING interfere with your determination to celebrate: 60 for 60!!


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YJNANA 10/23/2011 6:49PM

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"Happy Birthday Enjoy your Special day and week"
Nice ride for your 60


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ELYMWX 10/23/2011 6:13PM

    Happy Birthday, Gregg, and well done on your 60 miles.

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SCOTTK3000 10/23/2011 9:20AM

    that is awesome! happy bday! new knees rock!

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MEGA_MILES 10/23/2011 9:10AM

    Greg you continue to amaze and inspire!! Happy birthday and congratulations on your most amazing ride!! WOOHOO!!

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DIDMIS 10/23/2011 9:05AM

    WOW what a good job. My birthday is the 26th. A lot of good people were born in October.

Sounds you are recuperating or should I say have recuperated.

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TMW54812 10/23/2011 8:21AM

    Congrats and Happy Birthday! It's not my Birthday till June but you have inspired me to attempt a new personal best in walking as soon as I can (recovering from foot injury). emoticon

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CLAUDECF 10/23/2011 7:53AM

    Happy birthday! And congratulations on your bike ride, too!

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JULIA_211 10/23/2011 7:06AM

    Happy Birthday! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
I didn't miss it after all! May you have many, many more successes and birthdays to remember! emoticon

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WINE4GIRL 10/23/2011 6:47AM

    Absolutely amazing! emoticon
emoticon Happy birthday!

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    Congrats! You are amazing!

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REBECCA431 10/23/2011 5:59AM

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