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I commute to work on my bike 4-5 days/week (right now, 7 miles each way). Then on Sat., I try to go out for a longer ride (25-50 miles). I ride a giant uplander from 99 (kind of a mountain bike/hybrid hybrid if that makes sense). I enjoy riding and want to get better, but my question is how?
I usually average 16 mph or so on the way to work. I can cruise at 19-20 mph with no sweat on the flats with no wind. Downhill is 20-22 mph. When I go uphill, my legs just feel like they give out. I don't have much oomph behind them. How can I help this out? I've been trying to push the bigger gears longer up the hills....this has helped out my cruising speed, but not really helped me get better going up hill.
My goals....I want to be able to ride 50 miles or so on a Sat with an average speed of 17-20 mph.
I want to be able to do a century (at least one per year) starting next year.
I'd also like to be able to feel like I could participate in events like this: http://www.nationalmssociety.org/var...p=10765&e=6657 (I don't mind it being a challenge, but I doubt I could do it now in a reasonable amount of time).
Oh, I currently weigh 230lbs. I want to get down to 200 by the end of the year. This means part of the point of me riding is loosing weight (it's tough though...I like to eat)