Only makes you stronger. Unless that thing is named “North Blackburn” or “Stagecoach.”
This was my second road ride of the year. Yes, I’m getting started a bit later than I wanted, but weather, illness, and other commitments have kept me off the bike. Thursday was calling for some good weather, so I made a plan to get out on the bike. I didn’t plan to tackle any hills, as I have been sick for the past three weeks with the allergy/tuberculosis bug. But Thursday was a busy day, and I had to go let the dog out before picking up kids and returning to work on Thursday night. Because I had to let the dog out as some point during the day, I decided to ride home and back. I was afraid, but somehow I made it up both Blackburn and Stagecoach. I felt really good about that, considering I haven’t done much riding or exercise in the past 3-6 weeks. It hurt to do those climbs, but I also felt strong.
about 1 hour of total ride time
took about a 30 minute break at the house before riding back