Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Mission Accomplished

Written by James - This summer I had a goal to bike a lot. Bike to work, bike up the canyon, etc. And keep doing it until I got into shape and could accomplish something amazing.

I made what seemed like a wild goal - ride the entire Alpine Loop on my bike.

Mind you, last summer I could barely ride to the Redbox on the corner to pick up a movie. I eventually went all the way to the Redbox on Center St. thinking that was insanely far away. Then I worked my way up Provo Canyon. First, from my house to Canyon Glen. Then after a few weeks all the way to Nunn's Park. Then Bridal Veil Falls. After another month I worked my way up to Vivian Park. I was really, really proud of myself for riding to Vivian Park multiple times. At the end of the season last summer I decided to go crazy and ride all the way up to Sundance. I did it, but it absolutely killed me. I had to stop 5 times on the 2 mile stretch from the freeway up to Sundance. It was so hard that I think it was the last ride I did for the year.

This summer I got a new job in American Fork and I started riding every day. I decided that I was riding enough that I could justify buying a new road bike. Since then I've been riding it from Orem to American Fork at least every other day. Riding to work got me into shape and I went from my house to Sundance on two occasions without stopping once.

Then Fred came to town. He is my brother-in-law that lives in France. He is super into biking. He motivated me to ride with him to Sundance again this Monday, even though I had just done it the last two Saturdays. Then, today we went for a ride up American Fork Canyon. It was going so well that I wanted to just keep going and do the entire Alpine Loop. I did it! And here is my proof. Fred snapped a photo of me at the summit!

FYI - the elevation at my house is 4812 ft. If you had told me last year that I would be riding the Alpine Loop, it would have made me laugh. Here are my average stats from my ride today. Hopefully I'll be embarrassed of how bad these are in a few years: 12.1 mph, 145 heart rate, 61 cadence, 29.55 miles, 2 hrs 26 min.


furrever said...

Nice job man! So has biking gotten you into shape as planned? I know I need to lose a few pounds. Perhaps I should take it up.

James Rowell said...

Larry - For the most part, yes. I'm definitely in better shape now than I've been in years. Most importantly, I can tell that my heart is much healthier. The thing I really like about biking is that it's excercise that I actually enjoy.

Rachel Stella said...

Way to go husband! I knew you could do it!

smarteze said...

Very impressive!

Linz said...

Holy crap!!! Nice work. Incredible!!!!! -James

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