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Improving your climbing ability will help your average speed more than getting better on flats. Riding flats most of the resistance is aerodynamic drag while climbing most of the resistance is simply lifting the combined weight of you and your bike. Aerodynamic drag increases at the square of speed while lifting effort increases linearly. It is never a good to ride so hard on the flats that you don't have enough reserve to climb strong. You will never be able to build enough time on flats to make up for the time you loose if you blow up on a climb.
first.. great job on getting better at hill pacing...
second.. i was told ... work your way up throught he gears on hills...but keep your legs faster..not ahrder... i switch gears just as it's gettting hard to keep the pace fast going up the hill.. kind of like shifting a car... am i missing something??
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Bill - thank you for the insight on the gears and the hills. I was wondering if I should think about trying to work my way up in the gears on that hill, and from what I heard I should work on keeping my legs faster and not harder!
Keep at it! I have a nearly 1,000 foot hill near my house blocking me from work and lots of things. One of the first tasks I had was to keep at that hill which I had to walk up at first until I could cycle over it. Now? I commute over that hill every time I go to work on my bike!
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Way to go!! Watch those knees going up hill. Maintaining a fast cadence is more important than going into a harder gear. It also saves the knees from injury. Enjoy.
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Excellent! Watching that progress is a wonderful thing!
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That is how you do it. Every ride will get a bit faster and a bit easier. Great going.
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That's great! I'm getting faster, too, though my rides are all pretty flat. I do get to ride on some 'hills' this weekend, though. And, I'm doing spinning once a week (& riding once a week) to help on speed, strength, etc!
Great job on the hill!!!
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Completed 2013 Events:
Feb 9 - Pedaling the Prairie, 45 miles
Feb 16 - Lions Club Bike Ride, 46.5 miles
Mar 3 - The Great Plane Ride, 25 hilly miles
Aug 18 - TriGirl Sprint Duathlon
Sept 2 - Dam Ride, 32 miles
My rides are getting better. This evening I went 9.39 miles in 40 minutes and 58 seconds. Not a speeder but improving. Great improvement I see is with a hill I ride, getting up in a higher gear and a faster pace.