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A Short Video Of My First Ride Of The Year

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Monday, April 09, 2012





This is a short video of my first bike ride of the year. I did 56 miles in 4 hrs and 38 minutes.

I have a tendency to randomly just blow it all out the door just to see where I am at fitness wise. I made the call to go the distance based on how I felt along the way. Based on my fatigue level I can judge where my 'halfway' point should be. Im a distance junkie and it just feels good to lay it all out there at times but that isnt the right way to train though, this is more of a benchmark to see where my fitness level is.

It is my long term goal to train for a Half Ironman Triathlon. It involves a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 miles on the bike and 13.1 miles on the run. I took video clips throughout the ride to take you along with me.

It is my hearts desire that someday I will finish a 70.3. This is but a small step but I have come such a long way.

Lets go for a ride...

run time a little over 7 minutes...
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SIERRAGOLD 10/21/2013 1:04AM

    That was another great video! A lot of funny parts too. emoticon

I laughed out loud about the Vitamin I. I so get it! emoticon

I have 4 more videos of yours to watch and I'm not going to bed until I see them all.

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BRADIA 6/21/2012 3:20PM

    Congratulations, you will make it to the ironman I am sure

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DENISEFULLER 4/23/2012 2:48AM

    Congratulations! Even if you didn't beat the time, just making it that far is an accomplishment, especially when fighting a hill and a headwind!
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CTUPTON 4/21/2012 12:50PM

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CATIATM 4/16/2012 11:51AM

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ALIDOSHA 4/15/2012 4:23PM

    Congratulations!

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SUPERSYLPH 4/15/2012 9:45AM

    Pretty cool!

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JUSGETTENBY42 4/14/2012 7:49PM

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LABGIRL1231 4/14/2012 2:54PM

    Love this video blog Great job on the bike trip I so want to do something like this soon

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MICHELLE_391 4/14/2012 12:22AM

    You're pretty amazing. Also, I'd consider 56 miles more than a "little step."


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IMSMILEY88 4/13/2012 10:49PM

    GREAT job!!! Keep at it...you'll get to that 70.3 some day if you keep on pushing! emoticon

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CICELY360 4/12/2012 8:24PM

  I'm impressed. I don't think I could ride for a long time.

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NORASPAT 4/12/2012 7:47PM

    I was popular blog today and there are over 300 messages unopened I never expected that.

I showed DH your video, He was a long distance cyclist in England in his youth. he used to put his bike on the steam trains and head south. Ride all over the countryside and come back to the more congested North of England by train. ENJOY those wonderful rides Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JIBBIE49 4/12/2012 7:35PM

    What an honor to be featured in the Spark Mail.

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ITSMAI 4/12/2012 7:34PM

    "Ibuprofen I love you." LOL.

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RUFFIT 4/12/2012 6:03PM

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EXERTIGER 4/12/2012 5:38PM

    My longest ride is 1 hour 15 minutes. I'm impressed.

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MYSTERY-LADY1 4/12/2012 5:05PM

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SMILEY3826 4/12/2012 4:16PM

    what an inspiring blog! thanks so much for sharing!

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MOMMY445 4/12/2012 1:04PM

    that is so amazing! way to go!

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MRSDAVIS09 4/12/2012 10:43AM

    I am so impressed with your fortitude. . .I need to get me some of that too!

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CINDYBEL 4/12/2012 10:18AM

    Way to go. You definitely have a beautiful area to ride in.

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GINGERVISTA 4/12/2012 9:10AM

    OMG I HATE riding in such strong wind!!! Big hills don't thrill me, either.
Looks like you did emoticon You've become a serious rider!!!

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SARAWALKS 4/12/2012 9:02AM

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MISSILENE 4/12/2012 8:21AM

    thanks for sharing. Great.

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DRB13_1 4/11/2012 11:59PM

    Doing great! ! !

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LLINDY65 4/11/2012 11:59PM

    Thanks for sharing.... I am not ready for a ride like yours but I have acquired a new to me bike which is at the shop getting a new de- railer and checked over... Also have a double seater bike trailer for my 16 month old twins... Thankfully we have access to a beautiful bike trail where our old railroad tracks use to be. I have not been on a bike in about 12 years.

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KIPPER15 4/11/2012 7:59PM

    Wow way to go. Great vlog.

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KA_JUN 4/11/2012 6:16PM

    Awesome video blog, good luck on your Half Ironman training! Ride on! emoticon

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SLIMLEAF 4/11/2012 4:25PM

    Hello. I enjoyed watching your bike ride video. I was particularly interested to see the scenery - I live in the UK, so it was great to see Lake Superior and what the roads and countryside are like where you are.

And as for your 56 mile bike ride.... I'm very impressed. I haven't been on my bike in er... well over a year and the furthest I've ever cycled is about 20 miles. So a big emoticon from me - well done!

And best of luck with the Half Ironman training. I swim and run a lot but the bike bit is totally out of my league ... at the moment anyway.

Thanks for sharing.

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TUBJUMPER 4/11/2012 4:00PM

    Awesome job! I felt accomplished riding 12 miles on the bike at the gym..LOL!

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DANABYTHESEA 4/11/2012 3:26PM

    Good for you! Keep up the good work! Most of my rides are about 20 miles. Will do "Bike the Bay" in August in San Diego, and it is 25 miles. emoticon

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BECCACANOE 4/11/2012 3:23PM

  You inspired me! I'm training for a cycle our of Italy in May. Today was supposed to be a 30 mile hill and intervals ride. The forecast was for 23-40 mph winds and gusts. I was balking. having trouble motivating myself out the door.

I got off my ass and rode pretty hard 30 miles and rewarded by beautiful views, no traffic, blue skies, and a peacock squawking at me from a rooftop and oh yeah, no wind. 13.7 ave speed about 1500 ft climbing. Thanks for the nudge! emoticon

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JIBBIE49 4/11/2012 1:25PM

    Wonderful to see you featured in the spark mail. what an honor.

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RUNNINGYOGINIRE 4/11/2012 12:59PM

  Very cool. Thanks for posting.

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KLONG8 4/11/2012 12:50PM

    I am so impressed! Those headwinds would have stopped me dead. I rode my first real ride this year in some terrible wind and rode 15 miles into it and then 15 miles flying home with the wind to my back. And I was exhausted. You did great!

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FITWITHIN 4/11/2012 10:25AM

    emoticon That was some bike ride. I'm with you on not waiting for the perfect moment to challenge yourself. Thanks for sharing your bike journey. It was emoticon .

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JAS9096 4/11/2012 9:52AM

    I can't wait for the time I can do a ride like that! :D

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WILEE323 4/11/2012 9:27AM

    Great job! I'm training for a century in June, then RAGBRAI in July. This will be my 10th year doing RAGBRAI which is a week long ride across Iowa. It's phenomenal!!

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WILEE323 4/11/2012 9:17AM

    Great job! I'm training for a century in June, then RAGBRAI in July. This will be my 10th year doing RAGBRAI which is a week long ride across Iowa. It's phenomenal!!

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LOULAR68 4/11/2012 9:16AM

    AWESOME...inspires me to get out and ride!!

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LANANC1 4/11/2012 9:06AM

    Wow, you really start going all out... seems like you should of started with a few less miles? Not to be critical, but you were struggling. Love the shoulders you have to ride on, our roads suck down here in Lower michigan. Keep up the good work

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ALASKASKY 4/11/2012 8:51AM

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AZURELITE 4/11/2012 8:32AM

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I have a friend training for 100miles (September). Your blog has given me a taste of what he goes through (last Sept he did 63 miles).

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LEANMEAN2 4/11/2012 7:14AM

    Thanks for sharing.

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CLSYLADY 4/11/2012 4:58AM

    Right on, let's go! I am so ready to ride! Great job and I can't wait to hear your success story for the Ironman!!

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WANNABFIT34 4/11/2012 2:07AM

    We need to get you a road bike buddy!

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PRESBESS 4/11/2012 1:57AM

    Oh my goodness! It was so cool riding along with you & seeing a little of your town. I feel like I've sorta met you personally. You are amazing! You made it... how, I do not know, but you did! Keep it up.

BTW... love the ending!
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WHITEANGEL4 4/11/2012 1:27AM

    Congratulations on your ride. Enjoyed going with you on your ride. I would not have made it had I be on a bike beside you. You will make your goal of the Half Ironman Triathlon

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TIHAITIEN 4/10/2012 11:30PM

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