What a difference some hills make! I have been feeling pretty good about myself lately. I have been riding 20 miles almost every week day and 30 a day on the week ends. My average speed is slowly climbing (my new road bike doesn't hurt) and I have lost 58 lbs since Christmas (202 now).
I left today for a 25 mile ride feeling pretty cocky. I thought I would take on something more difficult so I set on on this ride - http://www.mapmyride.com/ride/united...falo/598024690.
Let me tell you it seemed the 882 foot change in elevation happed on one hill about 3 miles long. I couldn't make it and actually had to get off the bike and walk half way up. I learned two things: 1. Road shoes and cleats suck to walk up hills in 2. Don't bite off more than you can chew. I ended up finishing 26 miles in 1:57:54. Boy walking really slows you down.
I have a new level of respect for you guys that ride centuries with thousands of feet of climbing.
I guess I am going to have to ride more hills if I want to be a better climber.