I don't think there's a flat piece of road anywhere around me for many miles. From my front door, I go about 200 yards down a steep slope to the street. From the street, there are three ways out of my neighborhood. One has a one-mile climb that's so steep the city closes that road every single time it snows. They get a dozen car crashes in fifteen minutes the morning after a snow routinely. The back way has a dip down and a slope up that's much steeper but shorter, that one always gets closed, too. The other back way is a one-mile climb that doesn't get closed to traffic quite as much, but it's a hell of a climb.
I can't make it up any of them without being completely winded and trashed.
My bike's either in 1st gear or I'm flying down the other side of the hill, riding the brakes and trying to keep within the limits of my ability to see road debris. 2mph or 40, no middle ground.
Any suggestions for how to tackle this situation? I want to ride to lose weight. Ultimately, it's probably best to just ride three days a week to exhaustion and figure my endurance will increase over the summer. What else is there to do?