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6/24/13 4:34 P

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I understand hating hills. But practicing them does help!

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6/24/13 3:02 P

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I'm going to be perfectly honest... I hate hills! Give me 30 miles flat and I am great but long steep hill and I'm toast.

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6/18/13 12:15 P

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Yep - heal first.

When I rebuilt my bike in 2003, I rejected the idea of putting on a third chain ring. Oh no, no third ring for me. You wanna climb better? Start climbing! Better you should lose ten pounds off your lardass than add a third chain ring, I thought.

So now I am older, slower, and fatter, and really resenting that smarmy little wannabe euro-snob who rejected a third chain ring. Silly girl!

But the part of me who sees bike as art still believes a double chain ring is more aesthetically pleasing than a triple. Perhaps I will always be a hill slug.

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6/18/13 10:30 A

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My new road bike doesn't have that wonderful, low "granny gear," which makes the hills tougher. But she is very lightweight, which makes it a little easier. I think the tradeoff mostly works.

I HAVE to start getting more miles in! But with my foot being sore, I think I need to wait a day or two.

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6/18/13 8:08 A

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Hills can be daunting. I am thankful for 21 speeds. Just think of the muscles you are building and the calories you are burning!
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6/17/13 5:46 P

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The power of prayer is good!

I should have tried "I love wind" this weekend. It was the toughest part of the ride, the durned wind!!

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6/17/13 5:45 P

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'I love hills' eh. I shall give that a go tomorrow evening on my way home from shepherding husband to dialysis. I shall come back on the hilly route.

If the hill is big enough, we have a couple of Cat 3s locally (not many hills in Norfolk UK of any substance) I have been known to pray up them. It works for my Pastor and, so far, its worked for me.

The other thing that I do is, in my head, I chant "just keep spinning, just keep spinning" a bit like Dory from Finding Nemo and her 'just keep swimming'. I can hear Dory in my head. Childish but it seems to work.

Edited by: MILLIE-MILOU at: 6/17/2013 (17:47)
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6/11/13 9:04 P

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Great advice!

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6/11/13 6:38 P

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Hills!! You either love 'em or hate 'em. I'm learning to love 'em, but I'm so envious of my biking friends who zip up the hills seemingly without much effort.

The more you train on them, the less intimidating they are. Perception makes a big difference; don't make them bigger than they are. My mantra--I know I can, I know I can.

When I hit the hills, my cycling-loving yoga instructor's voice is always in my head: relax, keep spinning, maintain form (strong core; no slouching) and b-r-e-a-t-h-e.





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6/2/13 9:19 A

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Engaging the abs is something I need to work on more. Abs are a weakness for me.

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6/2/13 8:01 A

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emoticon Here is how I tackle hills.. I just go down them weeeeeeeee.. LOL..

Serious.. I like your idea but I do what someone said look at my font wheel. and focus and keep my abs engaged and then say when will this hill end ?

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5/28/13 3:38 P

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The downhills are lovely fun!

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5/28/13 2:51 P

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MISSG... if you keep it up, my guess is that pretty soon you really will LOVE hills! Now that I live in Kansas, I actually miss biking hills in San Francisco, Oakland, and Berkeley. I mentioned before that my bike was my only mode of transport (I didn't own a car), so I had to do those hills no matter what, there was no choice! I miss that feeling you get when you get to the top of a hill, especially when the top was your destination where you got to sit and enjoy the sunset or a snack with friends. And the downhills... I miss the downhills!!

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5/19/13 12:24 P

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LOL, HillSlug. Don't worry, I am not insulted. I am totally aware that things that work for one person don't work for another. Heck, things that work for me this week might need to be adjusted next. Being flexible is really helpful in training.

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5/19/13 12:12 P

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Well, of course, you're wrong.

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I don't really think you're wrong. I think we all know what works best for us. I'm reading the Triathlete's Training Bible, and Joe Friel makes it very clear that what works for one person may not be best for another.

I wanted to say all that so you wouldn't think I believe my way's best. The reason my way works for me is that continuing to walk keeps my heart rate slightly elevated, which improves my overall cardiovascular fitness. I think your method improves the strength of your major muscles faster than mine does. So you're not wrong. emoticon


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5/17/13 3:15 P

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I take the opposite approach, HillSlug. If I have to stop pedaling, I come to a complete stop, catch my breath, and then continue the pedal up the hill. I find that I conquer a climb more successfully if I make myself pedal the whole thing.

There are two hills I can't quite make in one shot yet, but I hope to beat them by the end of the summer.

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I keep my eyes where Luvs2Bike does. I glance at my intended target occasionally, but staring at it depresses me.

I get out of the saddle for most hills. It's strategic: getting out of the saddle requires more energy, but if you do it early in the season you'll be in better shape by the end of the season. I envision myself as Marco Pantani, who climbed the big hills like he had invisible wings. But I know I look more like Thomas Voeckler in his historic defense of the yellow jersey in the first Alps stage in 2004 or 2003: face twisted in pain, legs screaming in agony, tongue hanging out like hot, tired dog. And I do this for hills that don't even classify as a categorized climb.

And I never stop on a hill. If I can no longer pedal, I walk. I read this tip years ago, and it helped me conquer a local hill.

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5/17/13 11:20 A

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Here's my tip.
While climbing a hill, I look just a short distance beyond my front wheel without looking at the top of the hill. I don't look up until I crest the hill. I also remain in seated position and engage the abs as I climb.
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5/17/13 11:13 A

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My big hill--

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5/17/13 11:04 A

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I WANNA BE LIKE YOU!
I'll try it.

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5/17/13 11:00 A

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There's not a reason in the world why this works except the power of positive thinking, but I've taken a new approach to hill climbing, and it's actually helping a lot.

As I'm approaching a hill, I start chanting to myself, "I love hills. I love hills." All the time I'm climbing, I chant that to the rhythm of my pedaling.

And by gosh, it helps! I dread climbing less, I tackle hills with less misery, and I actually find myself planning routes that will pick up a couple extra hills!

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