And that makes 50000

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On Monday, I was commuting home down the Eastlink trail.  It was a nice cold night to ride and it was growing dark. My lights blazing.  I was passing the Mulgrave Reserve when I finally ticked over 50,000 km’s since I started back riding in 2011.  It has been an amazing journey.  To put this into perspective how far I have traveled.

The circumference of the Earth is 40,008 km long.

I came into riding after rupturing my Achilles Tendon back in 2009.  The first years were a real struggle.  I had to battle Bursitos in my knees & a weakened right Achilles.  Plus I wasn’t a good rider.  I really found my niche after staying up late to watch Cadel Evans win the Tour De France.  His victory inspired me to go out & buy a second hand Road Bike (Shogun Ninja).  Shortly after buying my new steed.

I was in a bike store, and they mentioned they do store rides up to the Dandenong’s which was on a Saturday.  Given that I had never climbed before.   It seemed nuts to get up so early for a bike ride (7:00 am start).  At the time I bitched that it was absolutely freezing.  Then had a hell of a time climbing up the 1:20 but I did it, and have come so far since.

I admit that I don’t have the greatest fashion sense

I had some absolutely horrible experiences at the start of my climbing career.

Throwing up quite a few times which you would think would have turned me off climbing.  As the months passed, it seemed much less painful to get up the hills.  I realised that my skinny body was suited for climbing and I got faster and faster.  Then started to really get out there and explore more.  I was really determined to climb all of the major climbs close by.

Looking back it’s hard to single something out as highlight.  I’ve completed all the major recreational events with 3 Peaks, ATB 250, Dirty Dozen etc.  I’ve finished 6 Everests, ridden 6 Triple Centuries & 13 Double Centuries.  As a bonus I been fortunate to have ridden around a large part of Victoria.

With a baby on the way it will be time to unwind, and I can certainly say that I’ve had no regrets.  I honestly could not have dreamed to have been able to have done half of the things I’ve done on a bike.  In many years to come.  Hopefully I’ll be taking out my kid for a ride and watch them grow as an athlete.  Hopefully I’ll be able to give my child a run for their money as long as I am willing and able to keep up with them.  It’s inevitable that one day they will be faster than me, but hey.  Then it’s game on!  But then again I never take myself seriously.

50,000 down, who knows how more to go………………

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One thought on “And that makes 50000

    carolynswriting said:
    July 1, 2015 at 9:29 pm

    A massive achievement, B, congratulations! Love the last photo especially 🙂

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