"The Fool on the Hill" and committed to climb these hills 10 times by Father's Day. That will definitely get me on the bike and build my climbing muscles! 2 down, 8 to go.
For those keeping score (probably just me), I climbed to the hilltop in 19 min 37 seconds, which is faster than the benchmark time of 21 minutes! It was a short ride today...only 33 minutes, covering 6.7 miles. I also did some water aerobics. Good times with the fam.
RockStar Tri gave me some advice which stated that I should try "dancing up the hill" to some disco music. Okay, I hit my "70's" playlist on the ipod as I left my driveway.
I started with "25 or 6 to 4" by Chicago...a nice start, given the guitar intros.
Move on to "I Can't Get Next to You" by the Temptations (might be late 60's, but close enough).
(Still no disco, but I am just now starting up the hill.)
Then, two songs from Credence Clearwater Revival and one from Blood, Sweat & Tears...far from disco rhythms and not helping on my uphill climb. But great music.
I think I remember "Mr. Big Stuff" or "Car Wash" or something disco after that...dunno, legs were working and I was breathing so hard that I can't remember the exact songs.
Finally, as I approach the top of the hill, I am listening to "Shaft" by Isaac Hayes. Is it possible that I was the only person on the planet today to listen to "Shaft" while riding uphill in the 98 degrees temp?
At the top, I could hear the creepy harmonies of Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody, which was of no help in my recovery. Seriously, are "rock operas" good for anything?
Next time, I'll have to create a hill-climb-dance playlist with some cheesy disco and other bouncy music to get me in gear. Wow, this is a rambling post so I'll sign off.
Have a great Sunday, everyone. If your weigh-in is on Monday, (like mine), then I hope you do well today and have great results on Monday!
Keep riding everyone!