When I first started riding I was working nights, usually on the back end of the week/weekend. That left me riding in the middle of the night.
I started riding more this year, longer. I had worked up to routinely doing a 29 mile loop and had even completed a 43 mile ride. I thought I was ready and finally got an opportunity this past weekend to go out with a group of local riders.
Since I'm still mounted on my hybrid (for now) I was not ready. What I had called hills were nothing compared to the ones I faced on this ride. I had gotten up near the summit of a feature labeled "Mt. Crabapple" on the map. MapMyRide considers this area a Cat 5. I made it most of the way up and ran out of steam.
I never regained steam for any real climbing. I went down the other side but then wound up pushing my bike up the same terrain from the other side on my way back, and the same on a later hill.
The following day I attempted to do my routine 29 mile run and felt like I was working with drained batteries. I only went part of the way out, turned around and meandered home, only doing 16 miles.
Today I did the 29 mile route and felt great, strong all the way through.
I may try to do another group ride on Thursday night this week. I will keep my ambitions low, for now.
Hopefully when I get my LHT I'll have more power in a climb.