today I rode 25 miles in a local club ride and it was very hilly along with a 30+ mph wind all day. I haven't been on the bike much the last month. It seemed the only nice days we had were the ones with other commitments. I rode the cross check and was wiped out by the end. I'm almost embarrassed to say it but I actually had to get off and walk on a few of the hills. I was debating on taking the 45 mile loop and thank goodness I didn't because I would have never made it. I have been hitting the gym a few days a week lifting weights but hope to start riding at least 2-3x's per week now that the weather is starting to improve. By the end of todays ride I was just totally disgusted with myself. I really expected my body to handle the ride much better than I did. Next time I do a ride like that I will definitely ride my long haul trucker with the narrower tires. My cross check has 700x38's and think that may have hurt me a little today as well(even though the hills/wind were the main problem for me).