After cycling for almost a year and losing close to a 100 pound i'm trying to challenge myself and riding some more hilly terrain.
To be quite honest trying to cycle uphill was a big dissapointment for me.
I did two hills in my neighbourhood who where quite challenging.
I did the slingerberg:
Which is a average climb of 4,8%. With the steepest part of 7%. It's 1400 meters long
I made it up there but had to cycle in the lightest gearing so the small in front and a 30 in the back.
I was going so slow that i had trouble balancing ;-)
When i finished i was completely out of breath!
The second i tried was the Schieversberg:
Which is a average climb of 6,2%. With the steepest part of 12%. It's 880 meters long
I had to take a 30 sec break half way through because i was completely out of breath.
I was so dissapointed i thought i would have a much better level of fitness cause i do a lot of miles every month, but this hill climbing is a much different beast.
I read all these posts of you clydes climbing 1000's of feet in rides and i can't even get up these small hills. It's so demotivating.
Are any of you heavy riders experiencing the same problems?
Basically what i want to know do i just really suck or are my expectations just a little unrealistic? ;-)
Should i try to ride a different gear so i don't spin myself out of breath so quickly?
Argg i'm so frustrated right now..........