Sunday, February 27, 2011

Good way to end February

After I returned from a small concert where my wife sang this afternoon, the streets had almost dried up from last night's snowfall. It was time to squeeze in a short ride. I took a leisurely jaunt around the River Hills/Fox Point area, with a quick trip to Beach Drive along Lake Michigan, to climb the hill for the first time this year. This climb is only about 1/4 mile long, so repeats will be in order in a few more weeks. 20 miles today, a good way to end the month of February.

As for hill training, I'll also be using the new road up in Port Washington - the one that rolls just south of town before hitting County Trunk "C". That climb is about .4 miles long, if you include the last small rise that brings you up to the intersection with "C". My plan is to use that for hill repeats on my frequent rides out to "Port". Then by May, I hope to take a trip out to the western part of the state, where I can get in some longer climbs.

I have always had a love-hate relationship with hills. As a tall, but rather light-weight cyclist (at least when I'm in fighting form), I've always enjoyed the process of getting in shape for climbing. Okay, I guess that's not the complete truth. The truth is, hills hurt! But to make them hurt less, you have to accept and believe that they are conquerable.

Cutting out the nightly buttered popcorn might help a bit too...

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