I am a beginner at riding. I ride dirtbikes on weekends but got tired of watching my weight climb (6'0" 222lbs) from not having any exercise through the week so I got into some spinning classes at the gym which in turn got me into riding.
I have a Fuji Finest AL that I got from the LBS. They have turned me onto some courses but I have not checked them out yet. It is very easy for me to go out my front door and ride on some back country roads.
My only problem is that I live in the Upstate of South Carolina. There are a lot of hills and I am struggling right now.
I have one 5 mile route that starts off with a decent flat warm-up to a slight 100ft incline back to flat ground for 200 meters (approx.) and then a downhill to a good 1/2 mile hill to flat to a long down hill. At the 2 1/2 mile mark there is a big hill that I struggle with but do make it up. The rest of the way is small rolling inclines.
I am just riding based on HR right now, trying to keep my HR under 180 (my max is 188 and I want to keep it between 140 and 160).
This week I have picked up my riding to do my route twice.
My question is... am I ok doing it with the hills or should I look for flatter surfaces to make a route? The current route is nice b/c there are few cars. Other flatter routes are pretty busy and have a 55mph speed limit for the cars.
Any and all suggestions are welcome.
Thanks in advance.