More easy speed …


Yesterday, I wrote about the easy speed I discovered at the back of a large peloton. Today, I want to describe the easy speed I discovered as the result of hard work.

The end of Sunday’s ride included a 5 km climb. It wasn’t steep, a 5% grade at most, but long. I have climbed this hill many times before. It is on a busy street but it is newly paved with a separate, wide bike lane. It is a steady, continual climb with several intermediary summits.

On Sunday, at the start of the climb, I first noticed that I felt fresh despite having already cycled 45 km. And then, I noticed I was spinning in a higher gear than normal. The three months of single-legged squats, hamstring curls, sit-ups, planks and spinning workouts were paying off. I felt stronger than I ever have on this hill and, I was on the Roberts, the heavier, steel frame bike.

As I neared one of the intermediate summits, I noticed 2 young men, half my age, struggling to turn the pedals over. They were barely moving. As I sped past, I overheard one say to the other, “Did you see that old guy? How does he do it? We need bikes like his.”.

That made my day.

I discovered easy speed of a different kind. The kind that comes from hard work and perseverance. The last kilometre of the climb levels off a little. In the past, I would slow down and take it easy to the top. Not this time. I had energy to spare. Instead, I geared up and raced to the top in record time. Well, at least for me.

I can’t wait to climb this hill on the lighter, full-carbon Garneau.

18 thoughts on “More easy speed …

  1. Being a STEEL rider, I would laugh so hard if your carbon bike was slower on that hill!! It won’t happen, but it would be funny! 😉 LOVED that line about that old guy!

    • The steel and carbon bikes are comparable on the flats and, steel is certainly more comfortable on long rides. But my carbon bike is half the weight and likes to climb. This weekend I hope to install a compact crankiest on it and that will make a bike difference on long climbs.

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