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8/8/13 6:02 P

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Debi, that kind of fun is so wonderful. We should always play!!!!

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7/22/13 6:39 P

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It sounds like a great workout - more importantly, it sounds like FUN!

Love God. Love your neighbor. Change the world. It really is that simple.

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.


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7/22/13 6:31 P

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Hi Everyone!
I love riding my bike! I jump on it and just go.
I ride to a play ground that has a swing set.
I would swing and work on my arms and legs then ride back home.
It is a great workout.

I can do it!! I really want to loose my weight before my birthday this year. May 22. It's going to be the best Summer Ever!!!! Wife, Mother and Grandmother,
Debi Humphrey


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7/17/13 12:39 A

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Me, too!

Love God. Love your neighbor. Change the world. It really is that simple.

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.


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7/16/13 10:42 P

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I like this group!

We succeed when we create conditions for success - and when we can't do that, we create conditions for succeeding within constraints.


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7/16/13 3:22 P

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We are definitely friendly and accepting of every one on every bike doing whatever they are comfortable doing. There is a place for those competitive folk, but we noncompetitive people who are just having fun need our place, too!

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7/14/13 9:42 A

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Well, Hillslug, I had to de-lurk before I found myself turning into a creepster, y'know? ;)

I've been reading old threads and watching new conversations and learning so much from y'all, it only seemed polite to say hi - and "thank you!" too. You have a pretty special place here.

You probably know there are a lot of forums out there for cyclists...but not all are fully welcoming of the range of reasons people ride, or the people who do. One of the last times I posted a question on a cycling forum, I was not only fatshamed, but "cycle-shamed" - apparently, I'm carrying too many pounds on the seat and not riding the right bike for the right reason with the right amount of Seriousness and Dedication to the sport. I think there was some good old-fashioned "go away and play with the girls" sexism in there, too. (Grrr.) My mistake for posting before I understood the community - oh well. Live and learn.

We succeed when we create conditions for success - and when we can't do that, we create conditions for succeeding within constraints.


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7/14/13 9:21 A

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Thanks, Miss G. It took me a while to figure out that baby steps were okay, and longer to figure out that the giant, dramatic, big production leaps tended to move me backwards.

I hope your bad year turns around (or turns into a direction you can work with).

We succeed when we create conditions for success - and when we can't do that, we create conditions for succeeding within constraints.


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7/14/13 2:12 A

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Y'know, I had a feeling someone was watching us ... *jk*

When I was in college, someone asked me, "Do you own a car?" I laughed, because during the winter I was driving 75 miles to a ski area and I routinely drove 300 miles to the other end of the state to visit family. But in town, I walked or rode everywhere. I took the question as a compliment.

Congratulations on finding a bike you love to ride. The two of you are going to be very happy together.

Love God. Love your neighbor. Change the world. It really is that simple.

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.


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7/13/13 6:46 P

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Welcome! We all start with baby steps. And this year I have had a really bad year. We do what we can!

Miss G


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7/13/13 4:08 P

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...and beyond that, what to say? Hmmm.

I'm pretty new to spark (signed up last month, just before going on vacation), and I'm really encouraged by the range and variety of information, tools, and support. I was really pleased to see a women's riding team!

My bike story: I got on a bike for the first time in 20 years, 10 years ago - my town had just completed this awesome new commuter trail that practically connects my neighborhood to my office building, so I figured I should give the bike commute a try. I bought a Raleigh "comfort" bike because a friend told me that's what I should buy, threw my stuff on a rack...and rode to work exactly 4 times in 3 years. (sigh) When conversations at home got to the "use the bike, or sell the bike" state, I promised to use it, and the next summer met my goal of riding in once a week for 3 months. (Baby steps, right?) The year after that, the goal was bigger - 6x/month for 3 months. The next year, it was bigger - at least as many rides per month, but also to ride in earlier and later, to spread Summer out more.

Then I bought the road bike. Holy moley, what a difference fast wheels makes in my desire to ride. I hate the wind much less, and I can get up hills I once had to walk. "Summer" riding starts in March, and ends in late September/early October. (My current boundary is not the wind - though I still hate it - but the wind chill. Brrrr!)

I am not at a stage where I'm training to ride a century (kudos to those of you who are working on that - WOW). I like long rides on the weekend - but I'm not a road rider. I like the challenge of trying to commute as much as I can, and to use my bike to get around. It's kinda fun to look at my car and think, "when is the last time I drove somewhere?" I've retooled the comfort bike into being my errand bike and wet-bike...this winter, she's going to be tested as my winter bike. Yup - the new goal is to extend the Fall and Spring commutes to include a few more below 40 rides. We'll see how that goes - any advice on that (or other) fronts is welcome. (And no, I don't think I'll ever be that person who commutes to work by bike in a WI blizzard.)

So that's my story - baby steps. (Or, training wheels?)

We succeed when we create conditions for success - and when we can't do that, we create conditions for succeeding within constraints.


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