I resumed my hill training at Milton. Today’s target was the hill on 6th Line (ROUTE MAP). I can’t think of any other way to describe it except “Sheer Hell“. It was absolute terror as I turned onto 6th Line. The hill went on forever! Too bad photos never give any hill justice …
I took a few minutes to gather some courage. The hill started out steep. Less than midway up, the steepness reduced for a bit before becoming really steep again all the way to the top. I struggled the most on the last part. It was all mental. I focused on my upstrokes & told myself “I’m almost there” (even though I know I’m not!). If any ounce of self-doubt existed, I know my legs would stop pushing right at that second. Between trying to breathe & keeping my mind from going to the dark side, I started to get light-headed.
At the top, I could pedal no more. I was hunched over my bike gasping for breath. It was probably a bad idea to stop immediately & not stretch. My legs felt like jello when I set off again – wobbly as ever. As I continued on, I realized the entire road on 6th Line was not a “walk in the park“. Lots of intimidating hills.
The return trip was a joy though, reaching a max of 67.4km/hr without much effort. I’m not sure if I have the motivation to try this route again this season. It’s a bit too extreme for my abilities. With that said, knowing the hill on Appleby Line is even steeper, I’m pretty sure I won’t be trying that hill anytime soon!