|DOWN THE HILL|
The arrangements had been made and we were going to meet at the ferry for a decent ride together over the Purbeck Hills...that was the plan anyway.
Unfortunately JD had to pull out due to a last minute appointment that he couldn't alter.
Now I could have just carried on with the planned ride solo, but I decided to do an alternative ride and spend a little bit of time working on my hill climbing.
Within half a minute bike ride from my home there is a hill that runs down to almost sea level.
The local bus finishes it's route at the bottom of the hill where there is a circular turn round area for the bus.
In the summer months the bus drops off lots of holidaymakers here for a day at the beach but at this time of year the area is more or less empty and makes a good place to work on my strength and hill technique.
It is not a huge hill only rising to 200ft but it does present a good workout.
I rode over to the top of the hill ....and set off on the short descent....down the hill.....
|BEND AT THE BOTTOM|
|AROUND THE TURN AROUND|
|AND BACK UP THE HILL|
Obviously once was not enough so I completed this descent and ascent 25 times.
The first few times I managed it without any problems, but by the time I got to number 20 things were becoming pretty tough and by the time I reached my goal for the day I have to admit I was glad to stop.
A lot of people tell me that they are no good on hills and actively avoid them. I believe that if you hardly ever ride up hills you will never improve your hill climbing ability.
As with all things you need to practice in order to get better at it.
Over the years I have learned to love hills and it's practice on hills that has helped me arrive at that attitude towards them.........