|Something made me stop to take this image of these hills.|
Rewind the clock to 20 years ago and my former self would have balked at the very idea of doing anything like this. So, just what has happened since then to change me? What has inspired me to want to climb hills and not only that, but on gravel roads?
By all appearances, it just doesn't make any sense. I am a big guy. I weigh a lot more than anyone that is thought of as a "climber" in the cycling world. In fact, I look more like a, I don't know......a football player? More like that than a cyclist. I just don't look like a climber. I don't look like a guy that would like to do that, as gravity challenged as I am. But the thing is, I relish a good climb.
Oh yeah.......I am old too! I mean, let's face it, climbing on a bicycle is supposed to be a young man's game. By the time that you reach the middle ages, you're supposed to be smarter than that!
Anyway, I was driving down the road and looking at these hills thinking how awesome it would be to ride them on my bicycle. They always look so intimidating from the top of the one you are on, but ironically, I find that when you are at the bottom, and just getting around to climbing, somehow that hill doesn't look quite so bad. That's really weird, but it always seems that way to me.
The other thing is that climbing comes with benefits. You get the downside, which is usually fun, fast, and can be pretty thrilling. But you also get the benefit of the view. That's what I like. What is over that hill? Let's find out!
I used to hate climbing hills. I dreaded it. But not anymore. Sure, they are hard work, but there is just something about doing that tough climb.