Thanks everybody for the warm welcome! I'm going down to bike with my daughter tomorrow and . . .oh, surely not - yes! . . . I'm looking forward to it! Of course, you're right, the views make it exhilarating, even when I'm huffing and puffing and weaving back and forth because I'm going to slow to keep the front wheel straight. I'm am so amazed that every time I ride I really do feel stronger and faster. After I get a bit less geriatric at this I'll take you up on the Boulder bike ride!
Fitness Minutes: (6,178) Posts: 69 8/20/07 3:08 P
Hi Brenda! I'm down in Denver and totally understand how daunting those hills are but when you conquer one that you've avoided or walked in the past it's the best feeling! Let me know if you ever feel like coming in to Denver or Boulder for a ride, I can certainly help you find some options.
R: Way to go with working on doing those hils. It's really important to get going and set your goals. Keep reaching for them and maybe some day I will be able to get out there and ride those hills too.
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Fitness Minutes: (188,310) Posts: 21,996 8/19/07 1:54 P
Hello Brenda, I went to college in Ft. Collins and empathize with the hill challenges. Now I live just south of you, in Arvada, where there are lots of hills too. I avoided getting a bike until 2 months ago because of the hill challenges. I have however made a resolve to build the muscles and stamina to do hills. I already see progress and am finding trails without hills too. Cycling is a wonderful cruise and so much easier to do in the heat than the walking I also do. Enjoy riding!
No such thing as dumb questions. The only wrong thing you could do is have a question, and not bother to ask it! YOu will find a great resource of experiences on this board, and we all love to help. So welcome!
B: Welcome to the team. Don't be afraid to ask anything or talk about your experiences. There are many great people on here to chat with and share experiences. Don't let the mountains get you down. You can slowly work up and eventually get over them. I'm sure that riding in CO is just wonerful. I am actually planning on moving out there when I finally retire.
I have a history with bikes, and it's been very spotty. Last time I tried to start a riding program I thought 3 miles was a great goal. I didn't last, and am not sure I even enjoyed it.
Although the joy of riding has always been there it's been wispy and noncommittal, but my daughter and I started riding a month ago and we are LOVING it! So I thought I'm ready for a forum to help us set new goals and overcome obstacles. We live in the Rockies where the hills are pretty daunting, but we take the bikes down to the valley (that big one between the Rockies and the Appalachians) to ride where it is a little more level. There is a 16 mile loop we've done twice (eight miles up and eight miles whoopdedoodown!) in Fort Collins, and we just did an eleven mile ride from Windsor where she works to Greeley where my son lives. It had some killer hills but I only had to get off the bike twice. I was worried about my blood pressure because I was getting headaches when I rode, but last time I loosened my helmet and voila! the headache disappeared. hmmm. So I'll be checking out all the posts here and probably asking some real dumb questions, but I'm glad you guys are here for me to ask them. :)
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