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Old 10-22-06, 07:31 AM   #1
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I guess I'm just a flat lander

I took a trip to Lancaster Pa. this weekend. I was riding along and spoted a rider ahead of me so I caught up to him. Having never riden the area and going along with just the aid of a map I ask if he knew where the covered bridges were. He said sure so off we went. Although the climbs were not that long some were rather steep. I was keeping up but gasping on the steeper hills. I guess I need to concentrate on aerobic training if I'm going to ride in hills.
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I hear there's some great riding in that area. Hills are hills. Like anything, it just takes doing hills to get in the best conditioning. Less body and bike weight can make a nice difference as well. Just do 'em at whatever pace you're most comfortable with.
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Riding up hills is challenging and rewarding. Riding up hills fast hurts.
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When riding in that area, it is best to avoid the 'rocks' on the side of the roads.
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I was keeping up but gasping on the steeper hills. I guess I need to concentrate on aerobic training if I'm going to ride in hills.
Hills are just flat land in a slightly lower gear. The real mistake was trying to keep up with a conditioned local. Go for low gears and high revs, and one thing that also helps is breath with your belly. When you take in air, push out your stomach. It makes sure that you use all of your lungs. Check "Bicycling Bliss" by Portia Masterson for more details.
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Some of us are just not suited to hill climbing, no matter how hard we train. Still, all the above advice is valid, to allow us to cope.
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[QUOTE=Artkansas]Hills are just flat land in a slightly lower gear. The real mistake was trying to keep up with a conditioned local. Go for low gears and high revs, and one thing that also helps is breath with your belly. When you take in air, push out your stomach. It makes sure that you use all of your lungs. Check "Bicycling Bliss" by Portia Masterson for more details.[/QUO

Yeah...you're right I should have stuck to the lower gears. I didn't know that about the breathing technique. Thanks

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