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First hilly ride

Old 08-22-10, 12:26 PM
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First hilly ride

My normal ride consists of some small rolling hills but that's about it. Went to Montgomery Bell State Park in Burns, TN this weekend and took a 25 mile bike ride that ridewithgps shows with +1900 feet of climbing. I'm not sure how accurate that figure is but I do know we climbed some major hills that seemed to go forever. I actually had to get off once towards the end and push my bike for a 100 feet or so. I just couldn't pedal anymore. I've logged almost 900 miles since I bought my first bike in May of this year and this hilly ride humbled me big time.
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I envy flat landers. . . nothing but hills in my particular area. . . up and down and up and down . . .
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You don't realize how much hills benefit you until you do a ride with people who don't ride hills. I am not the fastest guy going up hill, but when I get next to people who don't ride hills I do all right.
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Originally Posted by ScottBGKY
My normal ride consists of some small rolling hills but that's about it. Went to Montgomery Bell State Park in Burns, TN this weekend and took a 25 mile bike ride that ridewithgps shows with +1900 feet of climbing. I'm not sure how accurate that figure is but I do know we climbed some major hills that seemed to go forever. I actually had to get off once towards the end and push my bike for a 100 feet or so. I just couldn't pedal anymore. I've logged almost 900 miles since I bought my first bike in May of this year and this hilly ride humbled me big time.
You'll get used to it. My commute is currently about 32 miles round trip with about 1700' of climbing. When I first returned to cycling I thought that was hilly, now I barely notice it.
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