There's this hill see. The sign says "15% Grade Next 3 Miles. I've been up to the big switch back -- 1.3 miles. The first time I did that my legs were shaking so much I could barely stand up, and that was with a 30/34 set up on my old bike. I hadn't planned on taking it on this afternoon, but there I was at the bottom and it was mocking me. I put my Giant in low. Set my iPod on Shuffle and my phazer on stun. I started slow'n'easy. When I hit the switchback, I realized I wasn't out of breath and my legs didn't hurt. I kept going. Made it past the steeper part. It just keeps going. The wind came up, a headwind, of course. At 2.2 miles, I was smiling. I'm going to make it. I hit the summit at 3.1 miles as advertised. Jumped off my bike and did the "Rocky" thing. I think that squirrel looked at me funny, but there I was. At the summitin a stiff, chilling wind. But I felt great.
Back down on the ground I pulled up to a stop sign next to one of my riding buddies. "Been up to Meadow Valley?" he said. "No. Bucks Summit. Old road." I said as calmly as I could. He shook his head, "See ya."
Even Mrs. Slim seemed impressed and later, Slim daughter #1 said, "I'm proud of you, Dad."