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5/5/17 11:48 A

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Hi Marnie!

So glad to hear that you are getting back in the saddle (literally)! That's a great idea to sign up for a ride now and then you have motivation to keep going. If you are already doing 15 miles, you should have no problem doing the 55 mile route by September. I have some rides I am planning to do this year, but haven't registered for any of them yet.

What kind of bike(s) do you have? Is it mostly flat or hilly where you ride?

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5/4/17 5:20 P

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Hello all! My name is Marnie Degregori. I am a 43 year old woman from Sparks, Nevada. Once upon a time I lost a bunch of weight through cycling and running. Ran multiple half marathons, ran one marathon, rode in 2 century rides. Developed foot issues, had one surgery, took forever to recover. Got very depressed, discouraged. Gained the weight back. Parked the bikes. Lately I'm feeling that old urge again. Been jogging with my Labrador, and got brave and signed up for "The Edible Pedal", 55 mile route, September 17th. Near Carson City, NV. Thank goodness I never sold my bikes. Did 15 miles yesterday, it felt awesome. I felt alive. I need that. So here I am, starting completely over.

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emoticon to our team, KALANTHA! I'm from NYS and used to ride outdoors in all degrees of temperature. But, I think my age (62) is catching up with me and couldn't enjoy riding outdoors this past winter because of the frigid temps. So, I've been riding my Specialized indoors on a cycleops when the temps dip below 35. I have pedaled away 13 pounds since Christmas! On days warmer than 35 I ride my Trek outdoors. Yes, I do agree with you. "I love riding my bike!"
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Hi, all. I'm a retired, 59-year-old who just loves to ride my bike. Never belonged to any cycling groups or taken any multi-day rides, but might work myself up (or down) to one.

In years past, I've lost a lot of weight and cycling around my neighborhood has been part of my success. Some of my longer rides were along the Lehigh River in the beautiful Pocono Mountains in PA (that one way 25+ miles), up and down Island Beach State Park in New Jersey, and another bike path that start in Phila, PA and goes through Valley Forge National Park and beyond.

Most recently, I've regained all of the weight I lost because I was involved with the care of my mother, who recently passed away. I am back on the weight loss track and back to riding my bike. My plan is to start small with little rides around town and work up to longer, scenic routes. I ordered a new KHS Vitamin B Fitness bike that will be coming in next week and, in the meantime, I'm on the road with my old Raleigh, 7-speed. When I was riding with my friend, DoItDottie, today, all I kept saying was, "I love riding my bike!"

Looking forward to "riding" with you!

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1/24/17 4:58 P

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I don't belong to any cycling clubs but several local bike shops sponsor rides. I mostly ride solo just cause it fits better with my schedule. Maybe this year I'll sign up with the local club.

I checked out the Web site for the women's rides. I see the finger lakes one starts in Geneva on Seneca lake. We were just out at the other end in Watkins Glenn this past summer. Looks like a nice ride, but certainly not cheap. If you sign up I hope you have a fabulous time!! I'm going to sign up for the ride for missing children this May. It's 100 wonderful miles with stops at elementary schools where they do education about safety.

I have similar clip in pedals as you, the SPD style but I'm upgrading this year to a set of Dura Ace 9000 SPD-SL road pedals. Have the pedals now just need new shoes. I'm hopeful that it will eliminate some of the pain in my upper foot on longer rides. Guess we'll see.

It's been so nice chatting with you. I see we're friends now so we can keep in touch come riding season.

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1/23/17 9:03 P

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Nice bike and you did get a good deal on it from the sounds of it. I rode one year on my road bike with flat pedals and then went to clipless. Actually they are double-sided pedals, SPD on one side and flat on the other. I used to think I would never do the clipless, but I learned while the bike was on a trainer so I didn't fall over and now I am like you that I love using them. My bike is aluminum with a carbon fork, but still much lighter than my old steel bike.

The ride we are thinking about is through a group called WomenTours that does supported rides for women only. I think there are some winery visits involved too from what they said. Not sure exactly where it starts because I haven't signed up yet, but it says Rochester, NY. You can look up their website and look for the ride NY Finger Lakes Wine Country. We will probably sign up sometime next month.

We had some unseasonably warm weather this past Saturday so I got out and did 15 miles. But of course that was only a brief respite from winter, so will probably be back to inside for awhile. I am on the west side of Mich so we get the lake effect snow from Lake Mich unfortunately.

Do you have a group or club that you ride with or do you mostly ride by yourself? I belong to a bike club (where I met my boyfriend) and last summer I also started riding with another group too and that was pretty tough because they are mostly all good riders.

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1/23/17 2:30 P

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It's so nice to know there are others like me out there. 3 years ago I bought a used Fuji Supreme 1.0. It's all carbon fiber so its super light and easy to carry to rides. I bought it used from Craigslist but one of the best purchases ever made. It took a little while to get used to
the clip in pedals but now I love them. I'm short too at just over 5 ft and the Fuji supreme frame is great for us vertically challenged.

What ride are you doing in the Finger Lakes? It's several hour drive for me but certainly doable depending on which lake. It's beautiful there and lots of winery's. Since your in Michigan I won't complain about the buffalo winters emoticon . I think you get the weather worse than we do!

Thanks so much for responding and for being active in the group. So many groups I joined seem to have gone dormant.

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1/23/17 11:30 A

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Hi Sandy,

Thanks for introducing yourself! I am a little similar to you in that I used to ride a lot as a kid and then got away from it. About 4 years ago, I joined a bike club using my old mountain bike and then a year later bought a road bike when I knew I was going to stick with riding.

Glad you decided to keep riding despite that first wild ride on your daughter's old bike. That sounds a little scary. Sounds like you get some pretty regular riding in. I manage 3-4 days a week in good weather, but not usually possible to get a road bike out much in the winter here in Michigan. I have done one century and several other 40-60 mile rides.

I have never done any multi-day rides, but both of the ones you listed are good bucket list choices. Please keep us up to date on what you decide to do! A biking friend and I are contemplating a supported ride in upstate NY in July (Finger Lakes area, not sure if that is anywhere near you).

What kind of road bike do you ride? Mine is a Masi women's road bike. I had to get the smallest women's bike they make because I am so short.

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1/23/17 10:24 A

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Hi Everyone! I'm Sandy and here is my introduction. I'm 51 years old living in the Western New York area. As a kid, I used to bike everywhere!! That is until I got a drivers license then the bike went dormant. In my mid 40's I was looking for a form of exercise that I would really enjoy, something I knew I would be more likely to stick with it.

So one sunny summer day I took my daughter's old 26" schwinn our for a spin. Now I'll preface this story by telling you that I live on a very steep and winding hill, so you can imagine my surprise as the bike started careening down the hill with the breaks not giving much stopping power. Thought I was going to die! And of course I walked the bike back up cause no way I could pedal back home :-)

Fast forward to now. I kept on riding and after upgrading to a nice road bike so I can do longer rides, I now ride 3-4 days a week weather permitting. Typically 25-40 mile. I've completed my first 100 mile ride in 2015 and now am looking to maybe try week long state rides like biking the Erie Canal or the RAGBRAI ride in Iowa. Riding keeps me active and the rides are so peaceful and clear my head from the stress and clutter.

Well, that's my story and thanks for creating this group where women cyclist's can connect. emoticon

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1/13/17 9:27 A

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Thanks, Deb. I'm hoping the same.

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1/12/17 8:38 P

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Miss G--Sounds like you have had a really rough couple of years. Many stressful events going on makes it hard to focus on doing anything healthy. Glad to hear the a-fib is under control and it appears you are doing everything you can as far as your back goes. I know a couple of people who have degenerative disc disease and it can be very debilitating.

Hang in there and and hopefully 2017 will be a year of more positives!

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Alas, Grebjack, it will not. Degenerative disc disease doesn't heal completely. But at least it doesn't tend to get terribly worse.

Lots of ab work to support my back. And I'm finally back to healthy eating to try and take back off the pounds I packed on in the last three years. It's been rough--three years ago this month, DH had a heart attack and triple bypass surgery, then in August of that year our 5-year-old god daughter was diagnosed with a brain tumor. After 8 stressful months of treatment, during which I coordinated all the assistance to the family and did lots of child care for her siblings, she died on her sixth birthday, at home, surrounded by so many of us who loved her. That same week, I was diagnosed with the degenerative disc disease. In November of that year, my mother died. So 2015 was mostly a blur of grief.

Then this October I had a heart scare of my own. I was diagnosed with a atrial fibrillation, and the cardiologist initially believed I was also in heart failure. Fortunately, the stress test showed that my heart is stronger and healthier than he believed. the A-fib is hereditary--my brother and one sister both have it--but looks like it's going to be controlled with medication. Still, going through a month of testing before getting any answers was stressful.

So I've been stress eating, and now I'm turning that back around. I'm really focused on my health. My new job pays for a gym membership, which is awesome. I'm going daily, even if it's just for a short time, to build the habit.

Wow, that's a LOT of introduction. Hi!

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Back injuries, heck, any core injury, get in the way of EVERYTHING. I hope your healing, even if frustratingly slow, will be _complete_.

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MissG--So glad to hear that you have a positive attitude about what you can do now, and hopefully gradually a bit more, depending on your back. I'm sure it can't be easy to re-adjust, but being able to ride some will be a step up from not riding at all. Stick with it and perhaps you will be able to do more and more, even if it's not up there with what you used to do.

Thanks for sharing and let us know how you are progressing!

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Wow, my story is not nearly as impressive. I used to bike a lot, but after sustaining a back injury I put exactly ZERO miles on my bike last summer. I'm hanging in here with the hope that this summer I will get in some mileage. I will have to start slow, and accept that I will probably be just a casual, 2-5 miles per trip rider. That's hard to do when I was used to doing 20-30, with the occasional 50, just a couple years ago. But I'm hoping that if I take the right attitude I will learn to enjoy biking again.

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You have a very cool biking history Rebecca! Love hearing about it. I am going to definitely have to check out those links that you provided. There are a lot of rides that I want to do, but need to decide what is doable for the upcoming year.

Ride on!

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Hi, everyone, I'm Rebecca and here goes my long-winded bike biography!

I got to riding a bunch in high school when I dated a boy who did centuries every weekend, so my first two big purchases from my high school job were a varsity jacket that I lost in college, and a beautiful little Fuji Sagres that lasted me many years longer. It was a road bike, but chromoly steel will tolerate a lot of hopping curbs and riding single tracks - it's amazing!

In college, I fell for a guy who was into mountain biking, and I got a bunch of scars with glory stories from riding insanely in the hills and mountains of eastern Pennsylvania. And then I WON a custom built Independent Fabrication www.ifbikes.com touring bike just for being a member of the Adventure Cycling Association www.adventurecycling.org . I hung up on the poor membership director the first few times she called to tell me because I thought it was someone pranking me, but now I have a bike that feels like an extension of my body.

In Chicago, I used the ride the entire length of the lakeshore, from the Indiana line up into Lake County, on lazy summer days. In Massachusetts, it was all about commuting to work and riding the rail trails. Now that I live in New York City, I'm still learning where my favorite rides will be, but probably in Palisades park.

I don't stay in shape over the winter, but someday I'm going to manage to be in shape for TOSRV www.tosrv.org (210 miles in 2 days in early May) and I dream of a summer vacation riding ACA's Underground Railroad route www.adventurecycling.org/routes-and-
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, maybe not until the kids are old enough to be left alone all summer, but maybe they'll have an interest in joining me - we shall see.

Looking forward to reading everyone else's intros!

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Rebecca

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New year so time for a new Introduce Yourself Thread. Here is the place for new members to introduce themselves and for those of us who have been here awhile to update what's going on with us.

For me, I now have 3 years of road bike riding under my belt, the last 2 years with clipless pedals. Definitely the way to go if you want to do much distance riding. I am definitely planning some more rides for this year. My total mileage was down a bit, but still over 2,000 miles for 2016.

It took me close to 6 months, but I lost the 15 lbs that had been my goal. The holidays saw a few extras creep back on, but I am working diligently to get back to where I was and seeing some progress already. My cycling was definitely a part of my weight loss, although I also cross-trained and tracked my food intake (something I don't really enjoy, but it is effective for me).

Would love to hear what's happening with the rest of you!

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