I'm a heavy Clyde clocking in at around 343 (lost 7 pounds in the last month already ) who has quite a few hills to climb in between his commute from work to home.
Normally on my commute I will just dig in with the granny gear and haul myself up, but I've been noticing that I've been becoming less and less winded doing this, but don't have enough leg strength to do these hills in the stronger gears yet.
I've tried to stand and pedal in higher gears a few times, but feel kind of nervous about it, I can't quite explain (I'm sure some of you know exactly how I feel). I guess I'm scared of putting all of that pressure on my pedals or something or what, but I just don't feel comfortable standing while pedaling yet.
I'm also wondering if I'm not getting enough power during my pedal strokes altogether if I'm unable to sit and power my way up hills like the lighter riders that pass me by day by day. I guess I'm just trying to find a happy medium, because I want to keep improving.