Anyway, now that I have a team to live up to, I am even more motivated to hit the streets. Or hills, which I am apparently good at. This article explains why,
We all know that lighter riders climb faster that heavy ones. So remember to watch the weight - both your own and the weight you are carrying on the bike. It costs a lot to reduce the weight of your bike by a pound, but that extra water bottle or weight in your fanny pack could easily add up to a pound and really add up on a ride over hilly terrain.So my carbon-fiber body is suddenly worth something! I would be a lousy time trial rider because the resistance comes mostly from the wind and road but I am well suited to hills where the resistance also comes from gravity. So my low weight ratio kicks in and I can squirt up.
To develop my strengths I am going to be working the hills, and there are a few nice ones near by. Today I did a route that starts at the boat landing on the Mississippi and ends up on pelham st over 94. Here is a map. My twittering mistakes were many, but the real route is .9 miles one way with 154 ft accent. I did it 5 times for 770 ft, when my goal was 1,000. So more next time, but I got out so late it was getting dark already.
To compare, the Ohio st. hill is 118 ft, in .3 miles. That is a good one too. Got to keep it up on the flats too though, the cross season doesn't have that many hills to work against and I always get burned in the flats. Just like I did cross country skiing back when I was racing in high school! Oh well, I have always said I need something to push against.