I must admit, we’re a bit spoiled as cyclists… in Greenville that is. We’re fortunate to have some great rides, just a hop, skip and painful climb from the city. Take for instance, Paris Mountain, seen here during the US Pro Cycling Championship, in Greenville, SC in 2006. I did this climb yesterday, I think for the third time and did manage to make it to the top, without stopping, for the first time. I feel an even greater sense of victory, since “we” do this climb justice, leaving from home and negotiating our additional “climbing route” before we actually get to the REAL “climbing route”. No half-assing this route when you are with my duly betrothed. Paris Mountain is by most “mountain” standards… a teeny hill, we get that; however, it’s good enough for the Pros and ridiculously difficult for beginners, like me. It’s a few miles from the lovely downtown of Greenville, SC, my home and home to the US Pro Cycling Championship (for a few years now), George Hincapie and Hincapie Sportswear to name a few…. an overall good place to be a cyclist.
In retrospect, I’m not sure who was more delighted in my climb, me or my duly betrothed. It just makes me all the more convinced that “active” relationships and couples that truly are recreational companions share a much sweeter bond. I know he’s thrilled with my progression and goodness knows I’ve come a long way since last June, when I spent more time on the ground then actually on my saddle! Balance and understanding clipless pedals are wonderful things!