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All my biking goals accomplished (for this year)!!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

It was snowing. The temperature was 29 degrees. The wind was 22 MPH . I was out riding anyway.
Today I rode 15 miles and accomplished the last of the goals I had set for myself for the (short) North Dakota biking season.
This is a list of the goals I worked on this year:
1. Buy a bike and start riding again after nearly 40 years. Got a new Trek Navigator 2 in January. Then I had to just look at it until the snow was gone in April.

2. Start a biking routine and see if my knee would take it. I did, and it did although I could hardly walk some days when I got off the bike.

3. Ride 500 miles before I had my replacement surgery. Done on June 16 (the day before I went in for the new knee).

4. Order another bike. Done a week after my surgery.

5. Start over on the new bike. Started riding my new Trek FX3 on August 23.

6. Ride 60 miles on the day before my 60th birthday. Done on October 22.

7. Ride 500 miles on the newest bike for a total of 1000 miles this year. Done TODAY!!!!!!!!!

This isn't meant to be a "brag session". I just wanted to get it all down to show what can be done with a little hard work and desire to improve.
In May of 2009, when I stumbled onto SparkPeople, I weighed 320 pounds and could not even walk around the block, much less think of riding a bike for even a few miles. Now my weight is hovering in the 160 - 165 range and I am in good shape for the first time since I was playing sports in high school and college.

I am pretty pleased with myself today, but by tomorrow I expect to have come up with some new way to challenge myself. That seems to be what it takes for me - new goals and new things I have never tried before. There is nothing like a good challenge and finding somebody to tell me I can't do it. I just say, "don't tell me that until I'm finished"!!!!

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
TRAILWALKERJO54 5/1/2014 8:30PM

    hope soon you will be able to get back to biking


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JOYATLAST 2/18/2012 3:22PM

    No brag, Just fact! We rejoice with you!!

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DAVEINSEOUL 11/21/2011 4:54AM

    Wow! Another passionate biker! For where you live, and what you have been through those are impressive stats!

An FX3? Nice upgrade! Next thing you know, you'll be ordering a Trex Madonne 5.9 :-)

Great work! I hope you can find something to challenge you during the winter months!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 11/16/2011 8:20AM

    You are a super star dude. So happy you made your biking goals. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Hmmmmmm...the questions remains.... what can you find to occupy your time now during the winter?

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ELYMWX 11/15/2011 10:55PM

    I'm just waiting to see what your next challenge is. Well done, Gregg!

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HBOWATCH 11/14/2011 9:39AM

    Great accomplishments! I'm going to follow your lead and get my bike out.

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VENISEW1 11/13/2011 8:15PM

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CAROLANN27 11/13/2011 7:32PM


What an absolutely wonderful story yours is!! You are my hero!!!


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KCNEWF 11/13/2011 6:50PM

    Fantastic! Getting in 1000 miles in a year that you had a knee replacement is AMAZING! You're a great motivator!

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SUNNYWBL 11/13/2011 6:37PM

    Congrats on reaching all those goals! A super but human effort!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

emoticon I have but one question. Why the second bike? Did you wear the first bike out?

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WATERMELLEN 11/13/2011 6:28PM

    Sing it out loud: you should be proud! And: you're not bragging at all, you're giving us all the opportunity of sharing your pleasure and pride in your very substantial accomplishments!!


The toughest accomplishment (for me anyhow) is MAINtaining: but that's my main thing. And only about 5% of people who lose weight keep it off, so others find it tough too . . . but you're doing it, and will keep right on doing it!

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DDOORN 11/13/2011 6:12PM

    Awesome deal! Keep 'er rollin'! :-)


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BEVSMOSS 11/13/2011 6:09PM

    Great accomplishment. Thanks for sharing your story. It's very encouraging.

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ACTIVE_AT_60 11/13/2011 6:01PM

    Gregg - your blog should be subtitled where there is a will there is a way. Congratulations on the accomplishments.

"a little hard work and desire to improve" Perfect way of putting it. Too many people obsess about it and don't reach their goal.

I disagree with you - this IS a time to brag.

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DIDMIS 11/13/2011 5:53PM

    How wonderful. You set goals and determine to meet them. You did.
Now on to new and higher goals. You will set them and will meet them.
You are amazing. Look in the mirror and say. Who is that guy?
Slender, healthy, handsome and amazing.
Keep up the good work.

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JULIA_211 11/13/2011 5:26PM

    Very, very emoticon But it doesn't surprise me at all!
Congratulations on accomplishing all your goals! emoticon

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