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Hilly Recumbent Experience – BionicOldGuy


The I Care Classis Century journey I signed up for in Might has extra hills than I usually do on my recumbent, so I assumed I’d higher get a bit of observe in. The 2 most difficult climbs on the route are up Willow springs highway, and “Buffalo hill” on McKean highway (the latter obtained his identify as a result of one of many landowners subsequent to the highway on this hill used to maintain a bison in his yard). These are on a handy loop not removed from my home that I accomplished right now in 2 hours and 11 minutes. Willow Springs was particularly difficult as a result of my pace dropped to 4 mph in spots as I used to be spinning in my lowest gear. That’s fairly sluggish on my recumbent and causes it to get a bit wobbly. However it was an excellent confidence-builder to know I can readily rise up these climbs, if slowly. I’ve eight weeks of coaching through which to hopefully get sooner.

Recumbents are at an obstacle if the route is hilly as a result of though they’re sooner on the flats and downhills, they’re slower climbers. Observe the place the uphill elements like Willow springs hill are, that pace stays low for a very long time in the course of the climb. Then pace will get fairly brisk, however for a short while, on the descent. That doesn’t purchase you again the time misplaced on the descent.
View from Oak Glen Ave wanting throughout Chesbro lake in direction of Loma Prieta. The mountain has a little bit of snow nonetheless on it. East-facing slopes like these don’t get as a lot snow however Loma Prieta is tall sufficient (3790 ft) that’s will get some.

Earlier than I obtained to the climbing I did an effort on one other Strava phase close to dwelling. Digital drive makes a flat 800-meter loop. It seems nobody over 70 had tried this but so I’m no 1. The oldest individuals attempting it have been within the 55-64 age group and the quickest time was one minute and 31 seconds, which is 21 seconds sooner than my time. This native loop is a quick flat problem that doesn’t take loads out of me so I’ll maintain attempting it to see if I can enhance.




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