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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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    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.
    If at first you don't succeed, Skydiving is not the sport for you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrojanHorse View Post
    Oh, and it's OK to go slow up hills.
    Quoted for posterity. Oh, and also to use in court after our GMR ride!
    If at first you don't succeed, Skydiving is not the sport for you!

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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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    Quote Originally Posted by Lord Chaos View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by AufDemRadweg View Post
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by ChrisM2097 View Post
    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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