I'm posting this on the 50+ to see if this is a age thing or something else. I really stink at climbing hills. I've just had two extreme events happen that tell me something is wrong and I'm not correcting it. The two events are:
I just completed a 100 mile MS ride with my club at an average speed of 18.9MPH on a very flat course. I did four pulls on that ride. I followed that with a nice 50 miler the next day, no problems.
On the following Tuesday I did a 30 miler with another club on very hilly terrain. On a 1 mile hill I got dropped by the entire group (17-18MPH group). I was so pissed off about this that when I finally passed the next to the last rider, I told her to hop on and started a pull that lasted about a mile and a half, passed the entire group and finished with a half mile at 21 MPH. I'm a fairly decent flatlander but brother do I stink at hills. So what's the problem? I've spent many Tuesday and Thursday nights riding with groups on hilly routes just to improve my hill riding. All I've got to show for it is a loss of 30lbs (that's good) and a slightly better brand of being lousy on hills. What's the secret to hill climbing?
EDIT: My problem is not muscle soreness but running out of breath.