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#1 of 18 Old 04-20-2008, 05:22 PM - Thead Starter
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Hi all. I just participated in Girls with Gears in Limerick, PA - bike ride to raise money for cardiovascular research among women in honor of a woman named Carol who died of a heart attack (info at carolforheart.org).

My training partner, Kathy, and I planned to do the 62-mile ride. Matt and some other friends were doing the 40-mile (it wasn't an all girl event despite the name).

It was overcast and windy, but luckily the rain held off. Kathy and I missed a turn early on and ended up with 69.5 miles total! (thankfully we missed the turn at the beginning so we were still in good spirits about it).

The roads and the scenary were beautiful but very, very hilly. There was one 23% grade uphill - a lot of very steep hills, and lots of less steep but long climbs. But, lots of fast downhill and rollers too.

We stopped at two food stations. The peanut and M&M mix was just what I needed to get through the last 20 miiles.

Some thoughts:
1. My new bike loves to climb. I'm naming him Mountain Goat
2. I felt surprisingly good after almost 70 miles, and could actually have done more.
3. I can't wait for my half IM, and I feel like I could complete the thing right now. This was a huge boost for me, to complete this long ride feeling good. I know my training is paying off.

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YAY!!!!!!!

Great ride!

I LOVE the name Mountain Goat! I bet he'll be fresh and jumpy too.

Testing!
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Great ride Beth. Was this your longest?
You sound like you're all ready and pumped up for the race! I think tapering starts in a few weeks, right?
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Definitely a positive sign for the upcoming Half. I sure am looking forward to that RR !
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Sounds fun Beth. Next time maybe add a short run seeing as you had energy to spare.
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Sounds like a great ride!!
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Awesome! Thats lotzo miles for early season, you're gonna slam it this year!

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Beth, Awesome ride! You are so ready. I look forward to reading all about it!
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What a great long ride at this point of your HIM training! You will do great! I like your bike's name. Awesome!
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Way to go Beth!
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Wow, awesome ride and for a good cause to boot. Congrats Beth!

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Mountain Goat.
I like that
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You can call him "billy" for short.

Great ride......
glad you missed the turn, early, too......
and, that it didn't have a bigger detour for you.

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I have the BESTEST knock knock about a goat...but it doesn't translate well on the internet!

Testing!
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Sounded like a tough ride and you got through it in great shape. That's a real good sign. Great job.
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Sounds like the season is off to a great start!

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awesome! Sounds like a great ride and now you're ready for the HIM!
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Nice ride Beth. Mountain goat. I like it.

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