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6/26/14 11:12 A

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Thanks! Just listen to your body. It will help you know what you can do.

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6/26/14 10:59 A

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Kay, you are an inspiration! If you can get through cancer treatments and back on a bike, then I can get through back injury and get back out there!

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6/17/14 7:31 P

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Nice!

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

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.


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After finishing 9 months of cancer treatments about 30 days ago, I'm back on my bike. Hubby and I live in a very hilly area of Tennessee, so we decided to take a trip to Ohio where the bike paths are pancake flat and paved. The first night we arrived, we did 7 miles. The next day (yesterday) we did 38 miles. Today, we did 30 miles. The last 5 miles of today's ride just about wore me out, but I did it!

Tomorrow, we go back home to the hills of Tennessee, but I have a lot more confidence now that I have some nice easy miles under my belt. I'm sure our rides will be much shorter at home, but I'm also sure we will be out on our bikes again very soon. I don't want to lose the training I've built up over the last 3 days.

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6/2/14 10:32 A

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I'd call that a victory!!

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6/2/14 9:46 A

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Yay, indeed!

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

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.


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I'm calling this a victory: despite having dozens of "gotta-do's!" this weekend, I stuck to my guns and FINALLY took Zippy (the road bike) off the trainer and cleaned her up for Summer riding. She's in great shape (I think?) though my LBS tells me the bottom bracket is iffy. (I'll have my brother, a.k.a. Bicycle Repair Man, look at it next time he visits.) So Sadie the Slow Bike will be the summer rainy ride, and Zippy is ready for the season.
YAY!

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5/27/14 2:36 P

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Wetsuits are remarkably hard to swim in. Keep trying!!

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5/26/14 9:40 P

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That sounds great. I'm proud of you!

My first open-water swim in a wet suit was a disaster. My victory? I'm not giving up. My first tri is in two weeks. I can't give up, even though it crossed my mind.

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

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.


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5/26/14 11:33 A

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Excellent! I hope it was a beautiful ride for you!

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5/26/14 12:57 A

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After a month or so "off" while I adjusted to being back at work and worked on helping my hubby with school and my little ASD son with his issues, I have finally gotten my baby out for a few rides. I did the 9 mile city trail a couple of times this week and then today I got out on our regional trail and did my longest ride that I've done in about 5 or six years- 30 miles! I was pretty excited and pretty proud of myself. My legs were burning by the time I was done but it was worth it.

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5/4/14 6:27 P

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That's awesome!! emoticon

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5/4/14 12:41 A

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Today, I wore a pair of jeans that I haven't been able to wear in about ten years.

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

Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.


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5/2/14 1:01 P

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I'm going to a work-related conference in a few weeks, in Spokane. Because it's more than 50 miles from home, I get to stay in a hotel. There was a mix-up, and my office manager realized a few days ago no one made hotel reservations for me.

There are two highly-ranked private universities in Spokane. Both hold undergraduate graduation ceremonies on Mothers' Day. The hotel hosting the conference was completely booked. My office manager finally found a hotel willing to give her the government rate, and it's just across the street.

Here's the funny part: when she was explaining this to me, she said,, "I was kind of worried about not getting you into the same hotel. And then I thought, 'It's Kim! She can walk. Heck, I can put her out in Valley and she could ride her bike in. She won't mind walking.'"

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5/1/14 11:31 P

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I love this topic of choice! I have had a few victories. Here in Vermont there are no real flat areas...only hills, hills, and oh ya..hills. So avoiding hills for me would be not riding at all. I have been on a few rides thus far, several in North Carolina when my husband and I took our mini vacation in March, and a few times here in Vermont. I have not taken any serious hills this season yet.
But one of my first ever victories would be the hill on Rte. 2, it kicked my butt every. single. time. However this past season, the first time out riding roads (rode my magtrainer all winter) I went up it like it wasn't even there, I could not believe that I had struggled so badly. Because truthfully, it was not that big of a hill...or maybe it is my changing perspective?

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5/1/14 11:20 P

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YAY YOU! That is AWESOME! I am giggling for you because I too know that feeling...amazing...

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4/30/14 3:07 P

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Thanks for the encouragement, everybody! :)

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4/30/14 10:59 A

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That is a brilliant victory! You have every reason to be proud of yourself!

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4/28/14 9:13 P

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Great job, Aimlesssam. I agree, too. I feel light and oh, so happy, when I'm on the bike. There's no other exercise that gives me that feeling.

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4/28/14 5:25 P

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Good job! And I agree - a bike is a wonderful empowerment tool. Susan B Anthony said she rejoiced everytime she saw a woman on a bicycle.

On summer days when there's no wind, I'm like a little kid when I ride my bike home. I'm giddy. It brings back that wonderful feeling of riding - fun and carefree, just like when I'd go ride my bike just to ride my bike.

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4/28/14 4:48 P

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Oh oh, I have a victory to post! I biked my longest distance yet yesterday, 21 miles! This is a big deal since I only just learned how to ride a bike a year ago. It makes you free!

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That sounds great!

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4/27/14 4:15 P

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That sounds lovely!

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

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This isn't really a victory, but wanted to share the beautiful ride I took yesterday in Hancock, Maryland with a MeetUp Group. We rode 12.5 miles on the Western MD Trail (paved) and then rode back on the C&O Canal Towpath. It was 73 degrees, blue skies, some wind, and beautiful scenery: lots of wild flowers in bloom (in some areas on the towpath, both sides of the path were filled Virginia Bluebells), turtles sunbathing on logs in he canals, hawks flying overhead.

If I can figure out how to get the pictures off of my new camera (Coolpix S9500), I'll post my pictures. If you have this camera and can help me figure it out, I'd really appreciate it. I wish I was a Geek.

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4/23/14 11:17 A

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Twenty-two miles is a heck of an errand run on a bike! I am impressed.

I will never enjoy going up hills, but boy howdy, do I enjoy going DOWN them!

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4/21/14 4:28 P

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I love it when I can ride to accomplish errands! Great job!

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4/19/14 8:45 P

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We're having a beautiful week. Friday I rode 22 miles and made a second attempt at getting up and over a small mountain (my son in Colorado says we don't have any mountains in PA; just big hills). This time I made it (last weekend I only made it 3/4 of the way up) with some energy to spare, so I turned around and rode up the other side.

Today I forgot something at the grocery store, so I hopped on my bike and rode 22 miles to the grocery store and back for a can of sweetened condensed milk. Multitasking!

Hope to get in 10 miles tomorrow.

Congratulations to all the other hill-climbers. I used to hate hills and would go out of my way to avoid them. But they are slowly growing on me. I may not love them when I'm climbing, but I love them on the way down.

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4/13/14 1:28 P

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Great job, Sandy!

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I rode an easy 11 mile loop around from my village and to two other village without much effort. I am getting stronger.


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

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Fantastic! I'm hoping that the snow melts so I can finally get out and get some victories!

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2/14/14 1:49 P

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How did I miss this topic?

Last night, I didn't have to stop on my ride home. I think the Group Ride classes I've taken this winter get the credit, but I'm pretty pleased. This early in the season (this is only my second ride home this year, and the first time I took the long route), I usually have to take a break about 8 miles in.

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Great job! I'm going to be missing the MS150 this year. Though I don't expect to get any sympathy about it, because we are going to Italy on vacation.

Take it easy on your knee!

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its official, I am now in training for this years Ride for missing Children which is in May.. so I got a plan and that is to work my core, and ride my spinning bile at lease 15 minutes each day and on days that I can ride longer ride.. longer

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11/4/13 4:44 P

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That is an awesome victory, EBRAINK! To not even notice the hill is pretty amazing!

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Yay, MIss G!

I had one of those surprise victories a little while ago - my family was visiting, I led them on a ride through a scenic park...but it wasn't until we were nearly home that I remembered a bridge was out, and we'd have to take the path that has a long hill to get home. I stopped and warned them, and we all agreed that we could just walk up if we needed to. Got back on my bike and rode. Came to a small hill...and another small hill...and another one...all while looking for the "LONG" hill that I remembered had wiped me out every time before. (Was I on the right path?) When I got to the turn home, I realized that I'd ridden up my killer hill *without even noticing it*. My companions were walking it (even my brother, who rides long and hard!), so it was definitely a hill.

I was pretty proud of myself. emoticon

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If I can't make it up a hill in one go, I try to stop, catch my breath, and then bike the rest of the way, rather than walking. I figure it's better training.

Of course MY hills would make a Colorado rider laugh and laugh and laugh....

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Great job.

I only have two challenge hills left.

One is very steep and very short and you have to start from a dead stop because of the stop signs. There aren't too many people I know who have made it up without walking. It is very close to my house so I can try it whenever I want.

The other is very steep and goes on forever and ever and ever and ever. It's quite a ways from my house so I don't really get there very often.

I have managed to get up all the other hills I wanted to.

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Great job on the hill. Those hills can be killers sometimes! I have a dreaded hill and I have made it up on my bike, but I don't prefer it!

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A new topic for celebrating our accomplishments and cheering each other on!

Today I tackled a hill that I've never been able to get up in a single go. It's long and fairly steep, and I am in pretty poor condition right now because I've barely been getting any exercise of late. I avoid this hill like the plague, but it was the best way out of the park today, so I resigned myself to getting up it as far as I could on the bike and then walking the rest of the way.

Knowing that I wasn't going to make it, I relaxed and took it slow, not trying to push myself too hard. I first thought I wasn't going to make it around the first curve, but then I got into a good rhythm. I kept thinking "I'll just go to that next change in the pavement, To the bridge upright. To the beginning of the retaining wall. To the curve. To the end of the retaining wall. Over that little steep part."

And then, by gosh, I realized I was going to make it. I rode all the way to the top, and didn't even need to stop there. I am giddy with the thrill of conquering that hill!

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