I have been riding a route for the past month that was mostly flat with very few smal hills. I always wanted to go the route that most of the serious cyclist go around here but there is this very big hill (to me) that has owned me mentally so I never went that way. Today I decided to change that and went up that hill and to my surprise I never had to get off my bike and push it which I thought I would. I could not have done this a month ago. I can tell that I am getting stronger and better on the bike. I know this may sound small to some but it made my day.