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4/21/09 10:21 P

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I always ride my own pace up hills. On the flats I'll bust to keep with a group but on hills I keep my pace. I can't tell you the number of times I got left at the beginning of the hill only to catch many of the riders who blow up from pusing too hard.

Hills are hard, especially for Clydsdales like myself but they are doable if you work hard and ride smart.

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4/21/09 6:21 P

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I do the same thing when I am running. If I only look a few feet ahead of me, the hill doesn't seem quite so steep...

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4/21/09 5:37 P

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Congrats!

The Picture on the left is my motivation to get in shape and lose weight!!!!!!!


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4/21/09 10:36 A

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What a great feeling! Way to go!!





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4/19/09 3:00 P

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A bike club friend gave me some good advise on hill climbing. On a steep hill go up in your easiest gear, look about 10 feet ahead and don't try to hammer up the hill. After that I never had to walk up another hill. I'm really slow on the steep hills but I'm working on improving my speed on easier hills and that will push my average speed up a notch.

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4/19/09 2:32 P

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emoticon Congratulations on the hill, Owlwhisperer! I really admire your ability to conquer such a steep grade.

My home is in coastal Georgia, where it's hard to find a spot 100 feet above sea level on our rides. Whenever I go someplace else to ride, I have a better appreciation of how much more fit you riders in hilly spots have to be to rack up the miles. Believe it on not, I am on a six day ride in north central Florida, and the hills are killer for me. Folks from Nashville I met at lunch thought it was a just pleasant rolly ride.

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4/18/09 4:33 P

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Way to go! You should be proud.

Have you picked out the next thing to conquer?

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4/17/09 5:17 P

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WoHoo! I've got a few of those hills on my list so I can relate. Great job!

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4/17/09 4:33 P

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Congrats! I'm moving from a road-tired mountain bike to a carbon fiber road bike this year, so once the spring weather sets in, I'm hoping to have the same accomplishment on my local nemesis. :)

Congratulations!!!

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4/17/09 11:49 A

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excellent job....wat to go

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4/17/09 11:08 A

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Congratulations! That's great! emoticon

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4/17/09 10:56 A

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Way to go!! Congratulations on your accomplishment. Your efforts will pay off for many more rides! Enjoy the bike & the simple gratifications from all your successes.

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4/17/09 10:45 A

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Congratulations on a huge accomplishment. Hills are tough and it takes some training and physical conditioning to get up them - and a 45 degree pitch is killer!

Way to go!!

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emoticon I have lots of hills on my rides too and agree with your exhileration every time I make them and improve.
Keep up the great work!

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4/17/09 10:10 A

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So I went bike riding yesterday, and I made it up the hill. (This is a tough hill, about 45 degree pitch) I did better then I did last year, and I didn't quit when I reached the top. Mind you, yes I was still totally winded, but I was keeping up with Emily, and I was no where as tired as I had been like last year. Its amazing what just 4 months of active weight training, and aerobic exercise can do for the body.

I want to get up and ride again! :)

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