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Jun. 7th, 2009 03:02 pm ... More Than I Could Chew

To kill time, get some exrecise and keep from snacking, I took my bike out for a spin. Unfortunately, I'm bad with hills and tired myself getting up the first hill. By the time I got to the Fousset entrance to the San Luis Rey bike trail, I was exhausted. After less than half a mile on the trail (<5 miles total), I turned around and am now sitting on some benches near the parking lot resting, and debating resting more, calling robot_grrl for a pickup, or riding to a bus stop and taking the bus. The last option would be my first choice if I had my pass, but I keep it with my badge, not with me.

<Edit 3:43pm PDT>

I ended up riding a bit down the other way on the trail, when Tara called me back (she was on the phone when I called just after the first part of the post), and then rode, and walked when I couldn't ride, back home -- which was basically straight up Fousset (which is not straight, but is up from Mission to Mesa) to Mesa, and then up Mesa to our road (albeit with a different name) and then straight down (and it is down) to the house).

I'm more tired than I should be, and I've given up many thoughts of riding my bike to either train station this summer. I need to work on getting into riding condition first -- and I'm not sure how other than riding up and down hills. (I won't object to any suggestions).

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Date:June 8th, 2009 01:27 am (UTC)
when biking in England the summer after HS, I ran into a similar problem. I was 18, in halfway decent shape, but from Illinois, which is notably absent of hills.

The advice I got from pro cyclists watching me struggle my sorry ass up hills was, drop to 1st gear, get as far up the hill as you can, then get off the bike and walk it the rest of the way up.

After a week of doing this, I found i was riding further up, and walking way less. After 2 weeks, I was riding up every hill, albeit in 1st gear.

By the end of the summer it was briskly uphill in 2nd or 3rd, with speed at the top