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Gidget



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PostPosted: August 2, 2010 5:27 PM    Post subject: Conquering Life Reply with quote

Life just keeps getting better without the cigarettes! I barely remember smoking all of those 17 years...
I wanted to drop by to toot my own horn as a way of cheering on the new quitters. Wink
I have just completed a week-long bike ride across Iowa. 454 miles with hills and head winds. My lung capacity was maxxed out all of the time and I loved it! I rode fast and kicked butt! I believe that quitting smoking has resulted in all good things while smoking all of those years only shut doors to me and made me miserable. I hope everyone here can take the new opportunities for success and shine!
Thanks to everyone as always. The light is always on here and it means so much!
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Cowgirl UP!



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PostPosted: August 2, 2010 8:55 PM    Post subject: Reply with quote

congrats to you Gidget...great post!!!
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Mary Dude



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PostPosted: August 3, 2010 12:03 AM    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great riding!! Congratulations! It is a great feeling to meet a physical challenge! Well done!
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nicfirth



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PostPosted: August 3, 2010 7:06 AM    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow that's some bike ride! Congrats!

By my reckoning that's would be about 25,000 calories you burned up there!!!


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Gidget



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PostPosted: August 3, 2010 9:30 AM    Post subject: Reply with quote

My computer measured 35,000. I think the hills and sustained exercise may increase the calories spent. There is plenty of food on a ride like that though! With over 20,000 riders, vendors are all over the place. Best foods: Fruit Kabobs, Farm Boys Egg Burritos and everything from Garden of Eden. Nom Nom...
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kannprint



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PostPosted: August 3, 2010 10:18 AM    Post subject: Reply with quote

Congrats on the ride. I know what you mean about feeling so great without cigs. My life has become more full over the past 6+ years and I'm totally enjoying everything.

Great post, Gidget. Hope all our newbis read it.
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PostPosted: August 3, 2010 10:40 AM    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's impressive I've been reckoning about 50-60 calories per mile! 454 miles certainly puts the 21 miles I did last night to shame Razz Might go out an do it again tonight though the weather looks good!

While I can happily do single rides of 60-80 miles I don't know how I'd fare repeating that several days on the trot and when it comes to hilly rides that must take it out of you big time.

Lots of respect


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Gidget



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PostPosted: August 3, 2010 11:23 AM    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks. It's probably a ton of adrenaline that pulls everyone through. I was training at long rides of 70-80 miles and back to back 50 or so to see how it would feel. Training was almost harder because the momentum of all of the other riders was missing. It's a great week, you should do it next year!
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Barbara K.



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PostPosted: August 3, 2010 9:52 PM    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gidget,

I know it had to be very great for you. Did you ever log it all on your website? I was looking foward to seeing it.
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PostPosted: August 5, 2010 10:38 PM    Post subject: Reply with quote

congratulations on that ride, gidget! what an awesome accomplishment! Smile
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Gidget



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PostPosted: August 9, 2010 6:39 PM    Post subject: Reply with quote

Smile Thanks everyone.
Barbara, I have started a blog and the preliminary posts on RAGBRAI are up. The first day from a food perspective will be posted in the next day or so. You can find it at:
http://meandira.wordpress.com

Thanks for the support and interest!
Gidget (Reminder, Gidget is a long-lived nickname. My real name is Tia)
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