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  1. #1
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    Thumbs up Newbie weekly achievement thread

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    Hi girls,
    When I have my successes, it makes me want to come on here and share them with others new or newish to cycling. I also love to read the inspirational tales of success and progress of others So I wonder if it wouldn't be good to have a weekly successes thread?

    Yesterday I managed to ride (drum roll . . .) my first corners broad sweeping ones, but hey, I was turning my bike. I could hardly believe it! I also seem to have finally mastered/mistressed stopping in a nice controlled way (apart from the odd crazy moment of panic e.g. wobbling into a bush, when I forget to use the brakes!). I also noticed I was feeling more confident and riding faster (no doubt connected).

    I am thrilled to bits with this weeks progress and would love to hear about the progress of others

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    Thumbs up Good Job!

    I just bought a bike last week. My goal right now is to keep it upright
    Once I feel I've mastered that, my next goal will be a graceful stop. Sad but true!!! Clipless will be later, later, later...... I keep telling myself small achievements are better than none at all.

  3. #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrsHulley View Post
    I just bought a bike last week. My goal right now is to keep it upright
    Once I feel I've mastered that, my next goal will be a graceful stop. Sad but true!!! Clipless will be later, later, later...... I keep telling myself small achievements are better than none at all.
    Not sad at all! I sat on a bike for the first about 3 weeks ago at the age of 51. 2 weeks ago, I was where you are. I only managed sensible stopping consistently a couple of rides ago. This stuff feels soooo difficult sometimes, like it will never come together, but it does, surprisingly quickly. Hang in there MrsHulley. Tell us next week about your progress

  4. #4
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    I rode for about an hour, just doing loops and practicing my turns, even feeling toward the end confidant to hit the peddles a little harder and build a little speed on the straight potions of my practice area. Crazy how 7-8 MPH can feel like your ZIIIIPPPPPING along. I know I'll get used to it, but right now the feeling of speed is exciting and frightening as the same time.

    I moved to a new location (my office building with a huge parking lot) that is abandoned during the weekend. I found that there is a deceptive grade to the parking lot which added some challenge. I had to enter the turn as I was picking up speed. I learned if I feathered the breaks slightly I felt much more confidant about the turn, but not too much as I turned right into the up-slope and had to built speed to feel comfy.

    I almost dropped myself to the pavement and had to come to an abrupt stop, so I had a little challenge getting myself going while on a slight grade, but I did it. It was also windy and feeling the wind hit me and having to adjust was a WHOLE new feeling that I really didn't enjoy, but as the hour drew on, I was better with it.

    Good luck and lets keep riding!!
    Shannon
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    What a lovely idea for a thread, and how great to read everyone's successes. Good luck and welcome Mrs Hulley, I am a new wobbler too.

    Nothing from me this week I'm afraid - dh has been doing 12hr days and then had a migraine so I've not been out since last week's lessons. Another lesson tomorrow, dd is booked into creche nice and early so I can get some warming up done first. There are a whole load of roadworks coming along and I really want to be able to ride the towpath into town.
    Last edited by hebe; 09-13-2010 at 09:25 AM.

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    Hebe - what was your success last week?

  7. #7
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    Finishing Bikeability stage 2 And I can do a better u-turn than my instructor. Just need to conquer the nerves now.

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    Talking

    I think this is a great idea. I am just coming back to riding after an injury.I rode for the first time in almost four months last Monday. I was only riding about eight months before I got hurt so I am still new at this. I look forward to posting and hearing about others triumphs.
    I like bikes, sometimes more than my husband

  9. #9
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    My husband and I got bikes about 3-4 weeks ago. I've always worked out so I am in pretty good shape, but I'm 55 and the old engine go like it used too!!! Anyway, last Friday we went to North Little Rock and parked about 1.5 miles from the Big Dam Bridge. We rode over the bridge, which crosses the Arkansas River, back over the river to the Rivermarket area, ate, then back. This was a 23 mile ride! LOVED IT!

    Here is the link to the Big Dam Bridge...it is such an awesome bike path!!!

    http://www.bigdambridge.com/index.htm

  10. #10
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    wow Nessa, the views from that bridge must be amazing! That sounds like a great ride.

    I'm feeling very proud after my lesson, not least because I did everything in the wind and rain and got home more than a little damp. I did roundabout practice, then rode along the route that I use to take my daughter to soft play - it's up a hill and along quite a busy road on an industrial estate - lots of drives and carparks and lorries. No cycle lanes for most of it. Anyway, I was very proud of myself, as was my instructor. Then on the way back we stopped so that I could learn how to set off and stop without having my bum on the saddle. This always looked so easy but took a few goes! I need to get the hang of this or else drop the saddle, and I'd rather not drop the saddle.

    Anyway. Next lesson in a fortnight to give me some time to practise. I'm going to drive to a nearby town and hire a bike and trailer for the towpath to see how I get on with dd in a trailer. My instructor is sure it would work for me so I'm going to swallow my reservations and give it a go.

    How's everyone else doing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hebe View Post
    I did roundabout practice, then rode along the route that I use to take my daughter to soft play - it's up a hill and along quite a busy road on an industrial estate - lots of drives and carparks and lorries. No cycle lanes for most of it.
    My God woman, you're a heroine

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    I think I have a good instructor, but thank you. The big test will be cycling with my daughter. Every time I have a lesson it boosts my confidence no end. Don't you have another session coming up?

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    I just go out practicing with my partner and I push myself a little more out of my comfort zone each time. I do Bikeability level one (apparantly all about control and riding around cones) on 28th.

  14. #14
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    This week.....I had my FIRST wreck! Don't know how, no clip-ins....just fell over and got a bloody elbow! I really feel like a cyclist now!

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    I went to a mountain-biking lesson last weekend and learned how to bunny-hop. I did not know how to pick up the front of the bike when we started the day.

 

 

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