A lot of us who play outside on our bikes or in our running shoes, tend to get a bit antsy around ‘hill training’. There’s a good portion of people who question our angst, saying instead “I love hills! Bring em on!”
We might like to have a Love-Hate relationship with those folks, [love em cause we wish we could have the same attitude, hate-em cause we don’t], but hills – like broccoli and spinach – are just really really good for us.
You are stronger, more confident, more efficient and yes, even faster, when you do more of them. Whether you walk them, run up em, or cycle them, hills help us just be better moving bodies.
In 2 days, I’m starting a journey to support athletes who’ve had their own personal hills to climb. Kids and adults who have lost limbs due to war, tragedy and illness. I will ride 620 mile from San Fran to San Diego to support the Challenged Athletes Foundation in their mission to give equipment, clinics and mentors to those who can’t play outside and climb their favorite hill just outside their back doors.
And in my journey, I’ll be climbing California coast’s very real, sometimes long, and I’m sure exhausting hills. But I’ll be alongside challenged athletes with one arm, or some that can’t see, or some missing both legs — and hopefully I’ll be able to keep up. [don’t think for a second these athletes aren’t FAST] I look forward to the challenge, and welcome your comments on the hills I roll over …. they’ll all be posted here for your viewing!
Onward and upward, always.