Just Keep Pedaling…

When I first started riding a bicycle as an adult…I was afraid of hills…somehow…I had this vision of myself attempting to go up a hill…and rolling back down…so…I rode for weeks…at least…to the bottom of this little hill by my house…turned around…and rode the quarter mile back home…I didn’t ride in the opposite direction because there was a fairly busy road to cross…
According to Bertha…I limited myself…
Riding in North Carolina
Of course…she’s right…I did…but…I also built up strength in my legs…I gained stamina…by riding…over and over again…that same half mile loop…it really wasn’t intentional on my part…it was just what I did…
Until…one day…call me bored…call me brave…call me crazy…I kept going at the foot of the hill…it was challenging…but I made it to the end of the road…where I turned around…at another even busier road…but…my cycling world had doubled…I now had a mile loop…woo hoo…
My world expanded that day…I soon began to cross that fairly busy road…riding another small country road…and before long…I was riding the road I considered busy…and…before I knew it…I was riding all over the place…miles and miles…hills and flats…I rode them all…
Interestingly…that little hill…and…trust me…it is pretty little…is still a fairly challenging climb…something about the grade of it…
Bertha’s advice for making it up hills…just keep pedaling…some days…it’s easier than others…
Jane