I rode the Horrible Hundred and I still hate Beanz
Rather than bring an old thread back, I'll (hopefully) link to it. It's one of the first posts I read on bikeforums when I joined. I've been telling myself I was going to ride the Horrible Hundred for a couple of years, but it's serious this time. The beginner group I joined is part of the Florida Freewheelers, and the HH is one of the Freewheelers signature events. We are training for a century ride in September, several of us have signed up for a century in October, and then a few of us are planning to hit the HH in November.
The "hills" I used to ride are now false flats, the hills I ride now are starting to have names. Right now, I want a lower granny gear, so I need to get stronger, or lighter, or a different cassette, or all three...I had been stuck on a weight loss plateau for a long time, but finally started dropping weight again. I'm getting stronger every week, but the HH is a lot of climbing for us Florida boys.