Back in October, I wrote a reflective post about my literal and figurative ups and downs with my then new found venture in cycling. To give you a clue, the post was titled Bike is a Four Letter Word. Ha! I know what you're thinking that four letter word is... and believe me, there were indeed times that I was so frustrated and that particular four letter word did in fact pass my lips. Once when I took a rough fall and then a couple of other times as I struggled with two particular segments of our route that were fairly tough climbs up the mountain. Back then, I had to stop twice on each of those two climbs to catch my breath and lower my heart rate before continuing on. Gah! Those stops were so frustrating and disappointing. I was determined, however, to climb those hills without stopping so I made it one of my goals in my list of 101 Things to do in 1001 Days.
Work hard in spin class over the winter.
Run regularly and simply do more cardio workouts to improve my fitness level and endurance.
Lose some weight.
Keep trying and hope like crazy that I'd meet my goal and conquer those mountains by the end of the summer.
To my utter delight and extreme satisfaction...
I DID IT!!!!
I conquered my cycling loop through the reservation on MAY 15, 2010 and can now climb those mountains without stopping!!!