I rode the hills in Clermont, Fl (which is pretty much the only hills we have in Florida) and I climbed 3118 ft which is nothing compared to the posts Mr Beanz makes all the time and while I did better than I ever did before I still suck at hills! I hate all the skinny people who passed me with their 120lb bodies and their 20 something year old selves and even more I hate the big old guys who still were able to pass me.
I've been reading from Beanz how to do it all year and while I made it to the top of some hills I walked last year I still had to walk some and stop and puff and wheeze some. Some of the issue is strength and preparation, I need to ride more distance rides I was strong for about 40 miles (which is the length of most of my rides) but some of it was strategy, I got to some places in too high and gear. I understand the difficulty of getting this 70 year old body is shape but I hate it when I screw up 'cause I'm just not as smart as Mom had hoped What really is pathetic is that I'm already planning to do it again next year, some folks just never learn and while it's really painful going up the hills, going down is such a rush