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Old 10-24-06, 05:20 AM   #1
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Hello there.

When one talks about being a flat lander? Please do not feel that you are in the boat that is not too crowded. I do prefer them myself, but I am also learning to do some hills. As long as they are not mountains. Just call me super chicken.
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Where I live- I'd like to find some flatlands- but they are covered in roads with cars. Mind you- It does get flattish once I get up on top of the hills.

Doesn't matter what terrain you ride- providing some downhill come in at some point. Trouble is that the effort involved getting to the top does not equal the pleasure of going Down.
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When one talks about being a flat lander? Please do not feel that you are in the boat that is not too crowded. I do prefer them myself, but I am also learning to do some hills. As long as they are not mountains. Just call me super chicken.
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Ms. Stormy,

Keep working away at the hills. While you might struggle and weeze now, by continually pushing yourself to ride up, you will improve your overall ability to cycle. This does not happen overnight. For instance, sometime late this summer, I realized I was climbing hills, that I thought would make me go to the morgue last April, with no problems and in bigger gears, not just the granny and the rear bailout. I was surprised by my ability. You will too! Keep telling yourself; "I'm not stuck here in the valley! I'm not stuck here in the valley! I'm not stuck here in the valley!"

Stapfam, are those the white cliffs of Dover off in the distance? What a view!
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Not an issue, I spend a good deal of time on those sand bars off the coast of North Carolina .
a.k.a. 'The Outer Banks' .
The only hills are the bridges linking the islands.
( oops, forgot one real one just north of Duck in Currituck county)
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Stapfam, are those the white cliffs of Dover off in the distance? What a view!
You talk about my Scenery!!!!!! No they are not Dover. The picture is of the 7 Sisters at Birling Gap. Famed from where Robin Hood landed on his return from the Crusade in His film "Robin Hood Prince of Thieves." Getting Graphical- The 7 sisters are on the South Downs and Dover- although only 50 miles along the coast - are on the North Downs. My question is "Why do they call them the Downs when the only way to get to see them is Up?"

Have to disagree about hills getting easier- They just get shorter- but still fun to climb. Attached is my Marker Hill. Very technical in Winterwhen its wet. Difficult in Summer when it is breaking up and is the easy route to the top of the Downs. 600ft of climbing in less than a mile and the steepest is saved at the end. Took me a year before I could safely say that I would never walk this hill. But that was 15 years ago.
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Old 10-25-06, 12:32 PM   #7
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Well, the hills get easier or something. A few months ago the hills on the way home were impossible. Yesterday, I was riding up them without thinking about how much they hurt. That was true progress!
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Come on Mrs. Stormcrowe, do you believe us yet? You have advice from a bunch of handsome men from around the world, UK, Costa Rica, USA... tell us, where do you live and what kind of hills are giving you trouble?
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Well, the hills get easier or something. A few months ago the hills on the way home were impossible. Yesterday, I was riding up them without thinking about how much they hurt. That was true progress!
The reason hills get easier is because as you ride the hill it gets worn down. The hill gets tired of holding you up on your bike, and gets flatter.

This well-known phenomenon is called "hill fatigue."
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DnvrFox...is that a promise??? Then MAYBE I'll try some of the hilly rides I attempted this year! W/out any walking...although only one hill got completely walked..the others were as little as the last 100feet...no momentum left! Karin
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DnvrFox...is that a promise??? Then MAYBE I'll try some of the hilly rides I attempted this year! W/out any walking...although only one hill got completely walked..the others were as little as the last 100feet...no momentum left! Karin
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