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When I was your age [Jun. 8th, 2010|12:16 am]
Lindsey Kuper

Ithaca is basically Bloomington with more hills and better architecture. The Cornell campus sits on top of one of the tallest hills. The apartment I'm staying in is a little less than halfway up that hill, and I strain and gasp my way up the hill on my bike for class every morning. After two weeks, I'm better at this than when I started, but there's still one really steep part of Buffalo Street for which I have to move to the sidewalk and walk the bike. Walking my bike up the hill is not actually easier than riding, but if I have to be straining and gasping for air, I'd rather not be in traffic.

Class goes from 8:30 to 9:45, at which time I walk out of Upson Hall, get on my bike, and arrive at work, which is at the bottom of the hill, roughly a nanosecond later, having bombed directly down Buffalo with essentially no pedaling necessary. This is fun as hell, although it was pretty hair-raising the first time. Work goes until six or so, and then I bike a little less than halfway up the hill to go back home.

This is just to say, then, that my commute actually is uphill both ways. Kids these days, etc.

Edited to add: Faced with the prospect of being late for class, I rode all the way up the hill without walking this morning!...only to find that class was cancelled. Hooray, though!


[User Picture]From: deepdistraction
2010-06-08 02:20 pm (UTC)
What a great workout. You are building calves of steel, I'm sure.

Your uncle Marc will compete in the Colorado Hill Climb championship in late July. This is a 28-mile bike race that starts at 7000 ft elevation and ends at 14000+ ft (the top of Mt. Evans). He took 10th place in the race last year in his age category (forties)--amazing considering that "we usually get a few Tour de France early dropouts."
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2010-06-09 06:34 pm (UTC)
I know -- I get the emails, too! In fact, I think he sent the message about that on June 3 because I'd had the nerve to brag about how difficult my bike ride was in my May 31 email. I should know better than to say such things in Marc's presence.
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[User Picture]From: royhuggins
2010-06-08 11:10 pm (UTC)
Holy geez, you managed to fulfill the paradox.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2010-06-09 06:23 pm (UTC)
I know, right? The secret is to end your workday in a different, lower place than where you started.
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[User Picture]From: oniugnip
2010-06-09 04:30 am (UTC)
Wooo! \m/

Calves of steel, to the max!
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2010-06-09 06:36 pm (UTC)
I biked up the hill the whole way this morning, too! (But had to stop for a breather in the middle. It's so close to the edge of what I can physically accomplish that it actually makes a difference whether I'm carrying the laptop in my bag or not.)
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[User Picture]From: jonatthebar
2010-06-13 05:41 pm (UTC)
When do you plan to start a loose-knit club of biking fanatics who take weekly advantage of this topography?
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