OK, it's finally under way. I've begun seeking out hills. As I've posted before, I have a commitment to climb Reading's Mount Penn in October. Also, hill training will help me in other aspects of riding - greater speed, better control of the bike, increased stamina, and quads as big as a Hummer. OK, massive quads won't really help me, but they will draw attention.
Here's the route I rode yesterday. I'm pleased that I didn't need to walk anything, and I only stopped twice during the ride - once to adjust my saddle, and another to take photographs. This is a basic ten mile loop I've ridden before, with an additional hill climb or two at the beginning.
I felt a little tired after I was done, but not very. Even though I'm up forty or more pounds since my low two years ago, I've maintained some low level of conditioning it seems, for I think I'm riding better than I did when I was lighter. It could be experience and confidence, I suppose.
One place I felt more confident was on downhills. I'm practicing braking less so I get more used to speed on descents. Perhaps one day I'll think of them as fun.