Hills. Why?

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Hills. Why?

Postby Bluedoggy » Sat Nov 17, 2012 21:08 pm

I see a huge amount of you fellows REALLY get a lot out of tackling steep hills. Why?
Me personally ******* hate them like the ex wife. So I'm curious why you gentlemen get such a kick out of them. I do see the physical achievement but do you really enjoy it?
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Postby MoscowFlyer » Sat Nov 17, 2012 21:14 pm

Bluedoggy wrote:I see a huge amount of you fellows REALLY get a lot out of tackling steep hills. Why?
Me personally ******* hate them like the ex wife. So I'm curious why you gentlemen get such a kick out of them. I do see the physical achievement but do you really enjoy it?


I love hills, even though I'm nowhere near as good at them as I used to be some years ago. Only today I cracked on a hill that 7 years ago I'd have seen through to the bitter end. It destroyed me, but it makes me more determined to MTFU and get up that b***ard next time.

It's you against the hill, man against incline. A personal battle to get to the top without letting yourself get beaten, without suffering humiliation, without retiring to the roadside and crying like a b*tch.

Hills maketh the man.
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Postby Gizmodo » Sat Nov 17, 2012 21:22 pm

Bluedoggy wrote:I see a huge amount of you fellows REALLY get a lot out of tackling steep hills. Why?
Me personally ******* hate them like the ex wife. So I'm curious why you gentlemen get such a kick out of them. I do see the physical achievement but do you really enjoy it?

And just like the feeling of getting one over the ex wife, getting one over that ****ing hill by doing a PB is fantastic.

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Postby Bluedoggy » Sat Nov 17, 2012 21:30 pm

Never thought of it in that way? I just see pain and gasping.
Maybe I have a different mental attitude to it? I enjoy the 'ride' and the fitness it gives me.
A hill just adds unnecessary pain? I reap the rewards by looking in a mirror without sucking in my belly and feeling great! And the misses enjoys my endurance..... :wink:
If I tackle those 'Hated' hills, will I feel a sense of personal achievement? I don't know....
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Postby TakeTurns » Sat Nov 17, 2012 21:39 pm

Tackling a tough hill is a mental challenge. It is a challenge of legs too, however it's a mental challenge more so. If you shut off the negativity in your mind and be positive. It eliminates the thought of pain. When I changed my view of tough hills, it made me change my outlook on everything else too. Instead of seeing a hill as necessary pain, I see it as a challenge which I can concour with determination.

As the saying goes, it separates the men from the boys.

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Postby Pnev » Sat Nov 17, 2012 21:46 pm

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Postby Bluedoggy » Sat Nov 17, 2012 21:47 pm

TakeTurns wrote:Tackling a tough hill is a mental challenge. It is a challenge of legs too, however it's a mental challenge more so. If you shut off the negativity in your mind and be positive. It eliminates the thought of pain. When I changed my view of tough hills, it made me change my outlook on everything else too. Instead of seeing a hill as necessary pain, I see it as a challenge which I can concour with determination.

As the saying goes, it separates the men from the boys.


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Postby hipshot » Sat Nov 17, 2012 21:56 pm

Bluedoggy wrote: Hills. Why?


Because they're there.

I love climbs. The challenge, the scenery, the achievement, the descent. Looking at a mountain/hill and knowing you've 'conquered' it.

I think a headwind on the flat is far more demoralising than any hill.

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Postby Silly Old Hector » Sat Nov 17, 2012 22:25 pm

hipshot wrote:
I love climbs. The challenge, the scenery, the achievement, the descent.

I think a headwind on the flat is far more demoralising than any hill.


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Postby Bluedoggy » Sat Nov 17, 2012 22:28 pm

hipshot wrote:
Bluedoggy wrote: Hills. Why?


Because they're there.

I love climbs. The challenge, the scenery, the achievement, the descent. Looking at a mountain/hill and knowing you've 'conquered' it.

I think a headwind on the flat is far more demoralising than any hill.



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Postby diy » Sat Nov 17, 2012 22:29 pm

MTB big hills are all about the challenge of getting up something very technically hard. Road hills, well it's because I live in a valley, but it allows you to really focus on your technique. Also when you look at the data you can make real comparisons on performance.

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Postby Bluedoggy » Sat Nov 17, 2012 23:44 pm

Maybe I should look at Brass knocker hill then?
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Postby southdownswolf » Sat Nov 17, 2012 23:49 pm

I can't stand hills that are not steep, but drag on forever. Hills that are steeper, where you know it's a "proper" hill or mountain, I love the challenge. I can't wait for my first cycling trip to the Alps :-)
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Postby Simon Masterson » Sat Nov 17, 2012 23:58 pm

Hill climbing is a great way of training if you don't have much time on your hands. Climbing out of the saddle is great for your fitness, spinning up hills in the saddle helps with higher cadence, and if you use short steep inclines it effectively gives you intervals as well.

Or that's what I tell myself when I'm out slogging up what North Herts has to offer... (not much!)

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Postby Grill » Sun Nov 18, 2012 00:00 am

TakeTurns wrote:Tackling a tough hill is a mental challenge. It is a challenge of legs too, however it's a mental challenge more so. If you shut off the negativity in your mind and be positive. It eliminates the thought of pain. When I changed my view of tough hills, it made me change my outlook on everything else too. Instead of seeing a hill as necessary pain, I see it as a challenge which I can concour with determination.

As the saying goes, it separates the men from the boys.


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Re: Hills. Why?

Postby wheezee » Sun Nov 18, 2012 00:11 am

Bluedoggy wrote:Maybe I should look at Brass knocker hill then?

Particularly enjoyable with a queue of revving traffic sitting on your wheel on the bends.

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Postby Bluedoggy » Sun Nov 18, 2012 00:26 am

wheezee wrote:
Bluedoggy wrote:Maybe I should look at Brass knocker hill then?

Particularly enjoyable with a queue of revving traffic sitting on your wheel on the bends.


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Re: Hills. Why?

Postby DavidJB » Sun Nov 18, 2012 07:57 am

I mostly dislike climbing all in all but I'm not the best at it. I much prefer rolling courses.

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Postby nolight » Sun Nov 18, 2012 08:40 am

Bluedoggy wrote:I see a huge amount of you fellows REALLY get a lot out of tackling steep hills. Why?
Me personally ******* hate them like the ex wife. So I'm curious why you gentlemen get such a kick out of them. I do see the physical achievement but do you really enjoy it?


It depends on what is your the purpose for cycling.

If it is for recreation, of course climbing hills may not be very enjoyable.
If it is for sport/fitness, then hills is what gives you the exercise. Unlike other sports, I think it is possible to cycle thousands of km without getting much exercise at all, by not putting in effort and letting the bicycle do the work for you. Hills will guarantee you get that exercise.

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Re: Hills. Why?

Postby diy » Sun Nov 18, 2012 09:41 am

Agree some of the toughest enduro's I've done have been due to the climb. Southdowns way for example is about 103 miles, not particularly challenging even on an MTB. If it was flat most could do it in 7 or 8 hours. But is something like 13,000ft of climb and half of that is in the last 35 miles. Quite a different challenge then.


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