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1/28/10 3:18 P

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Caroline, I just love your profile picture! I was able to get a snap of me carrying my mountain bike on a log over a creek, but I can't find it!!!!!

The nice surprise I found when I first started riding was that my mind shifts into neutral. For that reason alone, I am hooked forever.

Welcome to you and Kizzy!!

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1/28/10 8:31 A

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Thanks for the welcome.

I look forward to posting my rides as I proceed. Fighting a sinus infection right now and had to cut my ride short yesterday as I found my energy level just fly away.

Kizzy

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KIMMYCABLES's Photo KIMMYCABLES SparkPoints: (9,680)
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1/27/10 11:11 A

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Hi Kizzy,
Welcome to group. There's no wrong type of rider to be in this group. I started out as a cruiser and then I got the roadie bug. It's great that you've found pleasure in riding. When it comes down to it that's what we're all here for (and a little exercise too). Right now I wish I was a snowbird b/c I really wish I could be going out for rides but I don't trust the amount of ice on the sides of the road right now. Enjoy the new bike.

Kimmy

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KIZZYBEAN's Photo KIZZYBEAN Posts: 340
1/26/10 7:10 P

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Hi everyone,

I'm new here and not sure if I'm in the right group or not. I'm just starting to bike ride and it's for exercise and pleasure. I'm not a racer nor plan to race. I just got a new bike for my christmas gift and love getting out on the bike. Generally I put in about 12 - 15 miles 3 -5 days a week. I'm a florida snowbird so riding here isn't as difficult as my New England home. It is getting me out and on the bike and I hope to continue to ride when I go home in the spring. As I consider myself a "cruiser" type bike rider I purchased the Trek pure sport and I'm in love. Previous bike was a Walmart special and although I got a good workout there was no fun in riding, I did it just for exercise. Now I'm on my bike to get groceries, to walmart, library and where ever I can add a little outing. Hoping to shed myself of 40 pounds this year and biking will help me do that.

Kizzy

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KIMMYCABLES's Photo KIMMYCABLES SparkPoints: (9,680)
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1/26/10 12:39 P

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Hi Caroline,

Welcome to the team. I share a lot of your feelings about cycling. Feel free to post the link for the Ride to Conquer Cancer under the favorite rides subject. My big ride this year is going to be the Trek Across Maine, which also starts out extremely hilly. Quick hint about the clipless pedals, I got mine this past august and it was a first for me. My bike shop set them up so that I can lock in but they are very lose, so when I'm about to fall over they're loss enough to quickly wiggle a foot out and get it on the ground before going over. As you get more comfortable you can make them tighter. I just realized I assumed you have the same pedal setup as me, sorry but it could be an option. Good luck and happy riding, let's hope for some warmer weather soon.

Kimmy

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LINEY1982's Photo LINEY1982 Posts: 11
1/25/10 1:52 P

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Hi Sandy!

Thank you for the kind words. I am training for the Ride to Conquer Cancer in June 2010. It is around a 216km route that goes from Toronto to Niagara Falls. It is over two days. It is a beautiful ride and because we go up and down the Niagara Escarpment there are lots of hills! emoticon I'm hoping to post a picture of the route on my SparkPage soon!

Here is my personal page for the Ride if you are interested. From there you can also access info on the ride as a whole: www.conquercancer.ca/site/TR/Events/
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My specific goals for training this year are:

1) master my clipless pedals (I fell numerous times last year)
2) increase power and technique
3) increase speed and climbing abilities

If you are interested, I know that they are expanding the Ride to Conquer Cancer to a few US cities this year. Maybe you could seach for something like that?

Cheers!
Caroline
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1/24/10 9:42 A

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Your feelings about cycling certainly match mine. I use it for stress relief and getting fit too. I am certainly not crazy about this winter weather. I'd rather be outdoors riding.
Please tell me where your next ride is that you are training for? I don't have one picked out yet. I need a goal to shoot for!
Thanks for joining our small team!
Blessings,
Sandy


And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father. Colossians 3:17

Blessings,
Sandy

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LINEY1982's Photo LINEY1982 Posts: 11
1/23/10 11:41 P

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Hey Everyone:

I am a new member both on this team and on the entire site. I joined in an effort to make a lifestyle change to get fit again. I have a "goal" weight that I would love to reach but after trying diet after diet again and again I would like to be able to be happy in the strong, powerful and beautiful body that I have!

I am not completely new to cycling. I feel in love with it last year when I signed up to participate in the Ride to Conquer Cancer. I am not sporty at all. But I put my heart into training and fell in love. The freedom and stress relief that cycling brought me is incredable. I finished the 200kms riding strong ... I made it up every hill without getting off my bike.

I'm participating in the Ride again and I've started training. That's why I'm here! I want to learn from other women who LOVE cycling!

Anyway, that's a quick caption about me. I've got more info about why I'm joined Spark on my page. Please visit if you wish!

Hope to get to know you all soon.

Pedal Strong!
Caroline

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