In order to keep my legs in shape for long weekend rides, I need to ride at night after work. It's hard to say how much I dislike riding alone at night, but I push myself to go out and stay with it. I aim for at least 30-45 minutes and include hills for a challenge. Last night, I decided to tackle the hills the group rides on Mondays. I wasn't sure of the route in the dark (I've been on that route only once), but I followed whichever direction led upward, until I reached the crest.
Well, tonight I ran out of light before I ran out of ride. But I climbed the hills again and it seems like they are getting easier. MUCH easier. The very low gearing on the Surly helps, but I like to think I'm finally getting strong. Hubby used to say I was his "recovery ride"; now he says I'm a good climber.
I really dislike riding at night, but I always return with a great sense of satisfaction that I DID IT!