I've been sharing that I'm back to cycling after a 15 year layoff. Hard to get back into shape, especially hill climbs.
Where I live (SF East Bay Area) so many of the good rides start out with a strong climb.
So after 8 weeks of riding, yesterday for the first time I climbed a good hill, maybe 1000 ft. (for those of you who know the area: Old Tunnel Road to Skyline). It turns out I still knew every turn of the road, every minor shift in the gradient. I've been up this road hundreds of times, but so long ago.
I made it about 2/3 up on my middle chainring, then the rest of the way on my granny gear. Cyclists passed me on the up, and I was a little chagrinned, especially since I'm now running granny gear, but I kept going.
One more observation: So many more cyclists than 15 years ago, so many more with good gear, so many more in full regalia. On the way down the hill, I passed the entire U.C. Berkeley cycling team going uphill on a training run, must have been 40 in their "peloton".
Today (day after) feel great, I'm taking a rest day today, then keep plugging again.
Thanks for listening