I am new to road biking and have had a road bike for about 2 weeks now-Ive done a few 30 mile rides with short elevation gains. This was really fun and I even managed to keep up with my experienced cycling friends-I couldnt wait to get out again! Then last wknd my serious cycling 'friends' insisted that I needed do a 43 mile ride which included one section which was 2500 feet elevation gain-pretty much straight up ( via switchback turns) but no flat sections to rest-constant climbing. Then we then came down the same road which required I had to constantly brake but my hands became seriously cramped and still sore the next day . Im in decent physical shape and made the climb up at about the same pace as the others. But all in all to me this was NOT the least bit fun . So Im wondering if a) I'm a wimp? b) this was too much too soon or c) I really dont like road biking because these are the type of challenges that Im supposed to enjoy?