The weather has changed lately, first getting colder, and now wet. My riding habits have changed to follow. I'm not doing 10 to 20 mile rides after work lately; I haven't given up riding, but I'm doing shorter trips right now, and not going so far from home. That should change once I get used to the winter again, but, for now, I'm doing more hill repeats (to stay warm) close to home (so I can go take a hot shower and put dry clothes on, quickly).
All this means I've been wandering around Queen Anne Hill. The other day, I came to a section of hill, and thought to myself "That's just too steep. I'll find another way down..."
Turns out I can climb the 13th steepest block in Seattle without falling over and clutching my chest, but descending 18 % grades makes me nervous. And, it feels more frightful to go down riding the brakes, than to "bomb" the hill. Trouble is, after dark, I'm worried about not seeing some kind of flotsam, or a squirrel that darts out from under a car as I go by, and wrecks me.
Anybody else ever get nervous on steep descents? Or are you folks going to take away my Clyde badge for this?
Interestingly, SDOT has a list of hills cyclists should climb. Is there anything like this for your area?