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Old 06-29-12, 11:42 AM   #1
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First hillclimb for this big guy

New clyde here. I've been riding on the local bike trail and doing some sprint work. For whatever reason this 95 day seemed like a wonderful time to try my first hill. It wasn't gigantic but sure seemed long to me. It took me about 9 minutes to climb 1.4mi. The ride back down the hill was pretty fun though I gotta work some more hills into my riding but today was also my first time riding on the street.
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Old 06-29-12, 01:05 PM   #2
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Well, now that you know it's possible have fun finding more of them!

Oh, and it's OK to go slow up hills.
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Good for you. Hills will make you stronger at the same time as tell you where you are fitness wise. Embrace them. Ride enough of them and they can all be conqured.
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I don't know if you are in a situation like mine. I live in a valley, a well populated valley. A few nice rides, but none that are mainly nice open and lightly traveled roads. In the valley There is a price to pay, traffic lights and often traffic.

Once out of the valley there are some nicer rides, more open, orten through orchards. Wonderful

But that means over the hills out and over the hills back.

If yuor situation is like mine yuo are half way ther to having new horizons opened to you. And honestly I have to say yuo have done the harder half. Once you know you can do it doing a little longer hill or multiple hills is just a matter of time.

be careful Double Centruies may be in yuor future.
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Nice work. Be careful, though. Hills are addicting.
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Oh, and it's OK to go slow up hills.
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It's perfectly fine to go slowly. It's even fine to get off and walk. The objective of the whole process is to be outdoors, enjoying things, getting some exercise.
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Thanks, everyone! I'm already getting addicted to biking and I've got plenty of hills nearby to choose from. I got my bike in May and didn't get to ride too much at first. I've probably put about 100 miles on it so far and am hoping to do more than that in July.

I'm pretty sure I saw a BF clydesdale strava link posted somewhere. Am I crazy or could someone point me to it?
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It's perfectly fine to go slowly. It's even fine to get off and walk. The objective of the whole process is to be outdoors, enjoying things, getting some exercise.
I totally agree with this. I didn't have to walk it this time, but I did take a 20 second water break. But I love being outside and I love exercising.
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I'm pretty sure I saw a BF clydesdale strava link posted somewhere. Am I crazy or could someone point me to it?
http://app.strava.com/clubs/clydesda...bikeforums-net

Also, congrats on conquering the hill. I know the feeling. I live at the base of some foothills, and they seem to just call my name. Sometimes I just wish they weren't so steep...the short ones are around 13-15% grade. The longer ones are 10%. No matter what one I choose, my knees will be aching.
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http://app.strava.com/clubs/clydesda...bikeforums-net

Also, congrats on conquering the hill. I know the feeling. I live at the base of some foothills, and they seem to just call my name. Sometimes I just wish they weren't so steep...the short ones are around 13-15% grade. The longer ones are 10%. No matter what one I choose, my knees will be aching.
Cool. Just joined up. Thanks for the link!
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