Potential energy is like money: hard to earn, fun to spend.
I've got my big tour of the year, the Bon Ton Roulet, coming up in just a few weeks. The ride goes through the Finger Lakes region of NY State, and I've been warned that I need to be ready for hills.
I'm not ready for hills.
A few days ago, I checked online and found the route for the local Piccolo Fondo -- that's the 50 km ride that was the shortest offered as part of the Gran Fondo last year. I re-mapped it so that it started and ended at my house, instead of in downtown Philly. And today, I set out of a ride of 23.9 miles and an elevation gain of 1779 feet.
So I discovered that yes, I need more practice.
I also discovered that the new bike doesn't shake at speeds up to 31 mph.