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Old 12-24-2008, 12:13 AM   #32 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by Frank Lee View Post
Just came in from a bike ride on the West coast and wow- I get more winded in 1/10th of a mile going up the many steep grades here than I do after miles on the flat back home.
It's all in what you're used to: most of my riding has been in the west (though I don't suppose you can quite call the Sierra Nevada the West Coast), so I thought I was in pretty good shape. Then I spent a couple of weeks riding around Yorkshire & the Lake District. And a couple of years later lived in Switzerland for a while, and would be sweating up some mountain road, only to be passed by a cheery gray-haired Swiss granny type, apparently carrying home the week's shopping.
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