Yep - like a cheap suit.
Last night I went out for my hill climb workout. Lately I've been getting cockie, trying really steep stuff.
I started out on a 1200' climb - 2.5 miles so approximately 10% average grade - so you know there is some 8% and some 12%, done this hill many times before, it's not fun but it's strength training (mental and physical). Then down to another climb - this one I had not done before but heard it was a killer, Last week I had tackled 0.1 miles of 16% grade in the middle of an 850' climb - thought that was the worst. I started up the hill and it seemed OK, hit 12% grade fairly quickly, I was tired from the first climb, came around a bend and looked up - holy s..t. Map my ride shows it at 20% - I did not know that at the time. I hit that wall, went down in the drops to keep the front wheel on the ground and it started beating me, stood up and it was still beating me, heart rate was hitting 190 and I took two more licks on the pedals and stopped -mentally and physically crushed. Put my head down and panted like a rung out hound dog, after a few seconds I lifted my head up and water poored out of my helmet. Oh well - maybe that should have been the first climb of the evening. Put the bike across the fall line and high tailed it out of there like a spanked cat. This hill is do-able as the 20% grade section is only supposed to last 0.1 mile before it does back to a gentle 12%. I must have made it about 1/2 way up it.
Tell me again why we do this...