I know there are some really experienced riders here.
Getting used to a new bike...sprinting around my neighborhood for short rides and trying to have good technique.
Being sure to stop before I burn out and start pedaling sloppy.
Lots of hills, cars parallel parked and not many bike lanes...have to watch out for people opening car doors while you are getting passed...4 way stops at the bottoms of hills etc.
I'm riding with Bullhorns and 46x17 gearing.
Ends of the horns gives great climbing/acceleration, riding on the flats feels good.
No forward pressure riding uphill or on flats.
Going downhill I like having my hands on top of the curves where I can get to the brake.
Been practicing rolling my hand from an underhand/outside grip to on the tops/overhand without letting go of the bars.
Downhill stops without using the brakes isn't controlled enough for me yet.
I was getting a lot of pressure on my palms going downhill.
Was using a good bit of backpedaling to keep my speed down as the roads were wet and I don't have Pedal retention yet (coming in today).
Could also have partially come from TENSION as I was getting pretty high (for me) RPM and my pedals and the roads were wet.
Sitting back in the saddle and relaxing a little definitely made a difference.
I didn't want to rush into raising my handlebars without asking for a few coaching tips first.