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Old 08-31-14, 05:49 PM
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Small (but significant to me) accomplishment

I have several options for single tracking real close to my home. Today, I chose one about three miles away which eventually follows a pretty steep power line trail. I had not done this for a couple of years, and each time in the past, I had struggled with the steep hill, while dodging rocks and staying on the narrow trail, arriving finally at the top pretty tired. Today, I went up so easily, with lots of energy and reaching the top without even breathing hard.

Perhaps losing 20 pounds the last year has helped

Anyone who thinks single-tracking doesn't keep the mind active and stress the brain has never really done it IMHO. I love it!

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Old 08-31-14, 06:01 PM
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Great ride...glad your making progress. Keep the small
but significant accomplishments coming.
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Old 08-31-14, 06:04 PM
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If it's significant it's not small. Congratulations.
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Old 08-31-14, 06:05 PM
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Originally Posted by oldroadog View Post
Great ride...glad your making progress. Keep the small
but significant accomplishments coming.
Thanks. At 74>75, any progress is a real plus. Going forward measurably, and not backwards. I can do single track better now than when I started riding in 1998!

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Old 08-31-14, 11:57 PM
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losing 20lb could help with climbing?? Ya think??
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Old 09-01-14, 01:47 AM
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I'm eight years younger than you so there's hope for me yet.

Glad to see you still ride single track - much more fun than the skinny wheel stuff.
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Old 09-01-14, 09:02 AM
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Well done.

I cross a short path from one road to another. Even with my Trek 820, it is awful and I don't understand how people riding trails.
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Old 09-01-14, 09:08 AM
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I understand the significant accomplishment. I think that's pretty good. Now tell us about the small accomplishment.

I've given up real mountain biking because -well- I got tired of breaking things. I can still remember walking up so many singletrack trails that I wondered to myself why I bothered bringing my bike.
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Old 09-01-14, 09:47 AM
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Getting up a steep single track trail is not a small thing. I've been afraid to do that stuff because I'm getting um too old for it.

I think you're ready for the dirty Bismarck. Go for it and report back later, or have your widow do it

I tried the dirty Bismarck two years ago, got 3/4 around, and wanted to be put out of my misery.
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Old 09-01-14, 10:39 AM
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My hat is off again to you, Dnvr!
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Nice, very nice.

Could say it a different way: Getting around better because you are less a round.
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Old 09-01-14, 01:40 PM
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Congrats!
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Well done Denver. My motto is to do as much as I can as long as I can. It is wonderful that at our age we can put effort into cycling and see a good result. I gained a 14 to 16 pounds after retiring but this year I'm on a mission to lose it. So far I've dropped 10 pounds and it certainly is noticeable. I'm a bit faster but mostly I'm climbing better and this is very satisfying.
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The more I think about it the more I am impressed by the achievement. You have had lots of stress and challenges. To rise over them to take off weight and improve performance at the same time is admirable.
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Old 09-02-14, 08:38 PM
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Originally Posted by digibud View Post
losing 20lb could help with climbing?? Ya think??
No doubt. If you really want to see how much difference it made, throw 20 lbs of barbels in a back pack and do the ride again.

BTW....nicely done.
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Old 09-02-14, 10:01 PM
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Excellent Job! Wish I had something like that near me. Sucks being on the prairies sometimes
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Old 09-03-14, 05:59 AM
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Congratulations on the good ride. Singletrack riding is definitely one of the good ways to have fun on a bicycle.
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