Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: The Alta Loma area of Rancho Cucamonga. About 45 miles east of Los Angeles, California. Uphill, downhill and across hill riding; not too level!
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Originally Posted by bikenutr2000
Hills will do that, they will suck the air out of your lungs and cause your legs to burn without mercy. Once you get comfortable taking average speeds across hills you will start checking your speed up the hill out of curiosity, then the obsession begins because you will continually see improvements and it will become a sickness you can't get away from. It's a great feeling.
Since last year you have cut your time in half, I am convinced from reading this post that you can cut your time more then you thought possible, it just takes a small commitment and you will improve beyond your imagination. The only way you won't improve is if you quit, and I don't see you as a quitter.
Thankyou for your words of encouragement!
Some one at a local bike shop asked me "why?" when I mentioned that I alternated hill days with distance days. I told him that first the hills are unavoidable and second I need the work and third I don't want to always be driving my car to go biking.
I already know that my cadence is up and I can up my speed/gear for longer portions of the climb. My motto is "just keep plugging away". I feel good for any
improvement and there are many to be considered: upping cadence, upping gears, upping speed, standing pedaling, stopping/not stopping, breath control and the list can go on.
I think my biggest improvement is the way my knees feel after a ride: tight, strong and ready to go. I also really enjoy the physical buzz I get afterwards. I went out on this particular ride not to conquer the hill but because my legs were getting antsy, which means the muscles were wanting to be exercised; I went out and look what happened! Cool.
I guess a long term goal would be to be able to chase my husband up the hill, first when he is coming home from his commute and then when he is fresh
. . . and I need to drag that trailer out and start making runs to the store on my bike!