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Old 09-11-13, 11:13 AM   #1
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Longest ride so far

I went 9.5 miles today, almost an hour worth. Ride went great until I found the hill. Up hill about 40 degrees (is there a way to check that on Strava?) and in a turn. I lost my momentum and mis-shifted so I pulled off the road for a second to regroup myself. Took a drink of water, spun into the gear I wanted and got up there. I hit a small rock going fast down a hill and sounded like the tire was punctured but it kept air and I didn't see any damage when I got home.

I was actually quite tired this time. I think I will need to stay at this distance or try this route a few times before attempting more. Of course it was much hotter today than it has been too. Below is a picture I took on my way. Went through some farm areas, was a beautiful ride in that particular segment of the ride. I even passed some fellow cyclists going the opposite direction of me.







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40 degrees? Unlikely, unless it's a goat trail in the mountains. you'd need hand holds to hike up a 40 degree trail

It reminds me though, I was riding home one night and describing to my wife this awful hill near the end of my route. She said "What hill" so next time I was driving up that street with her I pointed it out and she said "That's a hill?"

You certainly get a different perspective when you're pedaling your carcass up a hill. and yes, strava has the average incline for segments.
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40 degrees? Unlikely, unless it's a goat trail in the mountains. you'd need hand holds to hike up a 40 degree trail

It reminds me though, I was riding home one night and describing to my wife this awful hill near the end of my route. She said "What hill" so next time I was driving up that street with her I pointed it out and she said "That's a hill?"

You certainly get a different perspective when you're pedaling your carcass up a hill. and yes, strava has the average incline for segments.
she didn't know the driveway was a hill?
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40 degrees? Unlikely, unless it's a goat trail in the mountains. you'd need hand holds to hike up a 40 degree trail

It reminds me though, I was riding home one night and describing to my wife this awful hill near the end of my route. She said "What hill" so next time I was driving up that street with her I pointed it out and she said "That's a hill?"

You certainly get a different perspective when you're pedaling your carcass up a hill. and yes, strava has the average incline for segments.

haha yeah that is why I want to check the Strava data... It looked like mt fuji to me!
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firesfate - congrats on making it.
Now if you have time enough to take pictures you aren't ridding hard enough
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Hey I have seen the "post your pics" section! hahaha


Anyway I checked the strava data and it was my imagination. 9.1 degrees was highest incline according to it! HAHHAHHA LOOKED HORRIBLE TO ME!
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firesfate - it wasn't this stupid climb in VA was it?

http://app.strava.com/segments/659554

5.6 miles in you are going to throw in 22% stuff? Redonkulous is the term kids today would use...
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9.1 is a definite mean slope and 15% makes me cry.

9% average means it probably got steeper than that for part too, I don't blame you for thinking it was Mt. Fuji.
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Hey I have seen the "post your pics" section! hahaha


Anyway I checked the strava data and it was my imagination. 9.1 degrees was highest incline according to it! HAHHAHHA LOOKED HORRIBLE TO ME!
I think you mean 9.1% not degrees.
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Congrats - it'll get easier, don't worry. I went for a ride with my wife this weekend, riding some trails around here that we hadn't been on since we'd got our bikes last year. The last time we did it, we'd been huffing and puffing and cursing, but this time it was like, what hills? It was quite amazing to see how a year's worth of exercise and experience can change your perception of a ride.

Keep riding and come back to that hill in a month or 2 and you'll be surprised how you can run up it.
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Congrats on a great ride. All miles are good miles, and an hour in the saddle is a great workout, especially when it's hot. Hats off to you.
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40 degrees? Unlikely, unless it's a goat trail in the mountains. you'd need hand holds to hike up a 40 degree trail

It reminds me though, I was riding home one night and describing to my wife this awful hill near the end of my route. She said "What hill" so next time I was driving up that street with her I pointed it out and she said "That's a hill?"

You certainly get a different perspective when you're pedaling your carcass up a hill. and yes, strava has the average incline for segments.
LMFAO!! Happens to me all the time! She's always asking me why I'm sweating so much from my commute...
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firesfate - it wasn't this stupid climb in VA was it?

http://app.strava.com/segments/659554

5.6 miles in you are going to throw in 22% stuff? Redonkulous is the term kids today would use...

HECK NO! hahahah good on ya if you did that. 9.1% it looked horrible though when I saw it.
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LMFAO!! Happens to me all the time! She's always asking me why I'm sweating so much from my commute...


I know for sure now that EVERYTHING looks different from a car!!! I may have been ok with pushing up the hill if I didn't miss shift.... it was bad.... then just had too much pressure on it to let it get to the next gear.
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Toughest mile in America is a few miles from here. Lincoln Gap, Warren Vermont. Stretches of it @ 30%. You'll know when you hit that type of gradient....
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I went 9.5 miles today, almost an hour worth. Ride went great until I found the hill. Up hill about 40 degrees (is there a way to check that on Strava?) and in a turn. I lost my momentum and mis-shifted so I pulled off the road for a second to regroup myself. Took a drink of water, spun into the gear I wanted and got up there. I hit a small rock going fast down a hill and sounded like the tire was punctured but it kept air and I didn't see any damage when I got home.

I was actually quite tired this time. I think I will need to stay at this distance or try this route a few times before attempting more. Of course it was much hotter today than it has been too. Below is a picture I took on my way. Went through some farm areas, was a beautiful ride in that particular segment of the ride. I even passed some fellow cyclists going the opposite direction of me.







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Way to go on your longest ride. Also nice job on keeping the humor on your climb.
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Good job! It gets easier!

I started riding in 2007. 5 Miles most days, then 10...Now if I don't get 20 in a day, I feel like I am slacking. Spent a week at the beach two weeks ago, and did 250 miles in 7 days. Longest was a 58 mile ride. Last year I did 4600 miles. If weather holds good, hope to beat it, or at least meet it!

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I find that anything over 7% looks like it's straight up, especially if I've been on a flat stretch. But when I actually start riding it, I can pretty easily tell the difference between 8%, 15%, and 20%.

The nice thing is that the more climbing you do, the smaller the grades seem to be. There are hills around me that used to seem really daunting and are now part of an ordinary, everyday ride.
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the more climbing you do, the smaller the grades seem to be.[/B] There are hills around me that used to seem really daunting and are now part of an ordinary, everyday ride.
That's the good news.

Maybe it's why I ride so many hills despite the pain factor...some have definitely started to seem a lot easier.
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I find that anything over 7% looks like it's straight up, especially if I've been on a flat stretch. But when I actually start riding it, I can pretty easily tell the difference between 8%, 15%, and 20%.

The nice thing is that the more climbing you do, the smaller the grades seem to be. There are hills around me that used to seem really daunting and are now part of an ordinary, everyday ride.

Absolute truth right there and it's a factor of many things... cycling fitness, some weight loss, and mental.

There is some short, maybe 1/4 mile 9% stuff here that used to be cross-training opportunities. Now its just an opportunity to open a Stinger waffle.
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