Short ride today, with a number of small hills, which I purposely chose in order to practice climbing hills.
I have the perfect little spot near home...recently closed to motorized traffic. The first hill I had to bail on halfway up, because I didn't correctly anticipate, so I wasn't in the correct gear which meant too high to push through seated...my thighs started burning like fire, but not high enough for me to comfortably stand.
A less steep hill worked out well for climbing seated. Even had a couple of walking folks cheer me on. Then I hit a short, steep hill. This one I anticipated correctly, and was able to stand and power up. Very satisfying.
The best part was the ride home. Part of which I had done a few weeks ago, which was a real thigh-grinder...you know what I mean...a long, slow, ascent which has you practically crying at the end, because your legs get so tired. But not today, my friends. Thigh grinder was no more. Legs felt good. Which means I'm getting stronger! I won't lie...hills still hurt. But it's slowly getting better! Yeah! I'm gonna do this thing!