You'll get there--I've been biking for many, many years, and there are still occasions when I walk up a hill. I happen to think it is a very smart thing to do. You're not in a race, you are out to enjoy the bike ride. Why ruin it by trying to bike beyond your current fitness level (and risking injury). But do give it your best before giving in. Keep climbin'
"It is a mistake to regard age as a downhill grade toward dissolution. The reverse is true. As one grows older, one climbs with surprising strides." George Sand ______ Janice Eastern Standard Time https://www.fitbit.com/user/2H3PX3
When I come to a hill that I think that I may have to walk I pick a landmark and "talk" myself into getting to that point. Then the next, the next, etc. Helps - still have to walk at times but gives me a goal to shoot for.
You will amazed that the hill you walk today in a month or so, after regular riding, you'll walk less or not at all. Share that victory with us!
31 Days until: Niagara Falls or Bust
Fitness Minutes: (6,805) Posts: 1,198 8/13/13 2:34 P
Seems like you are doing A-OK. You just need some time to build up that endurance. Our house is at the top of a hill and the first time I rode to work I couldn't even make it half-way up the hill on my way home. It took me over a month to be able to ride to the top and the only way I was able to do that was by "tacking" from side to side to reduce the angle.
Research is what I am doing when I don�t know what I am doing.
You just have to build your legs up. It takes time, be patient and keep going, Each time just try getting a little further up the hill.. Endurance will get better also as you keep plugging away.. Let us know in 30 days how much better you are doing :)
I realize that I am going at a snail's pace compared to y'all, since starting, my normal speed has been around 6.5 m.p.h....its just my last ride that was at 8 m.p.h. and I think that might be because it was kinda short and in a relatively flat area.
While I notice that I am able to get up more of the hills before I have to walk up to the top, my speed goes from a pretty good clip to straining myself in no time flat. I push myself to keep pedaling until I am actually going slow enough that I have to stop because the bike isn't going forward fast enough to stay upright.
Is it just that I have to build up the muscles in my legs, or endurance, or is it my bike, or...?
Tracy, Illinois, CST
Man sacrifices his health in order to make money.
Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health.
And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present;
The result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived. ~The Dalai Lama
SparkPeople, SparkCoach, SparkPages, SparkPoints, SparkDiet, SparkAmerica, SparkRecipes, DailySpark, and other marks are trademarks of SparkPeople, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
SPARKPEOPLE is a registered trademark of SparkPeople, Inc. in the United States, European Union, Canada, and Australia. All rights reserved.