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This is What Passes for a Hill on the Prairies

On Wednesday, I rode my bicycle 8 kilometres. 4 km to town on gravel; a leisurely ride up and down every street in town to enjoy riding on pavement! and the 4 km home. Towards the end, I hit the "hill" in the photo. When I drive on that road I don't even notice there is a hill. When I peddle my bike home from town - it's a hill! I had to use my lowest gear, but I made it and hope to do it again today. And today may be the last day of the season for riding my bike. :(

I want to get more fit and I want to get less fat. Over the summer I sporadically paddled my kayak and sporadically rode my bicycle and sporadically went on some hikes.

Sporadically isn't doing it. So, I will be peddling today, thinking of what exercise I can do that is easy on my knees and appeals to me so I will stick to it.

I am trying to make a plan so I can join in on this challenge by # AngelSharum

Image Credit » photo by paigea

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VinceSummers wrote on October 2, 2015, 3:24 PM

You are kidding me, right That's a HILL? And you have a tough time traversing it? Even I could traverse that pitiful thing.

paigea wrote on October 2, 2015, 3:35 PM

It is work on my bicycle. :)

VinceSummers wrote on October 2, 2015, 3:38 PM

Ah. I remember when I was a kid, we had American bicycles. Those suckers were impossible! Tires -- talk about THICK? Man. They were awful.

Kasman wrote on October 2, 2015, 3:39 PM

Speaking personally I agree with you - sporadically just doesn't work! I have done many things sporadically throughout my life and none of them resulted in any kind of long-term benefit to me. Even my hillwalking activities have become sporadic over the last year or so and I am feeling the difference - too fat and too lazy and not feeling good about myself. Must dig those hiking boots out before the winter arrives properly!

paigea wrote on October 2, 2015, 3:45 PM

Yes, dig out those hiking boots. I have to find a solution for me, I want to be fit for skiing. Another sporadic activity!

Feisty56 wrote on October 2, 2015, 5:07 PM

Lol, I'm not sure that qualifies as a hill, but I'll agree with you that it's an incline. Lol I, too, want to participate in 100 mile challenge for this last quarter of fall. Walking is what I do best, so walking it will be.

paigea wrote on October 2, 2015, 5:44 PM

Strolling suits me, but brisk walking causes knee pain. Cycling is great, but will soon end. I have to plan an alternative.

CoralLevang wrote on October 2, 2015, 10:44 PM

I would like pedaling on this kind of terrain. Walking, too!

Paulie wrote on October 3, 2015, 1:58 AM

It doesn't look like a hill on the picture, but there must be a steady incline. I also ride my bike maybe 2-3 kilometers per day. As I am feeling better now, I will be increasing my riding distance.

LoudMan wrote on October 3, 2015, 5:58 AM

Taking it easyon the knees is a big trick. It's why I don't jog.

paigea wrote on October 3, 2015, 11:48 AM

Yes, I have difficulty when I encounter real hills

paigea wrote on October 3, 2015, 12:06 PM

There really isn't much incline. In a car you would never think it looked like an incline

paigea wrote on October 3, 2015, 12:07 PM

Swimming is good, but we don't live close to town, so the bike is better.

LoudMan wrote on October 3, 2015, 12:13 PM

I'm not such a great swimmer. I'm more of a yoga or Qi Gong type of guy. Trampolines are good for cardio, though. And it feels like flight.

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BarbRad wrote on October 3, 2015, 3:24 PM

Hill? What hill? That's why I wouldn't want to live on the prairie. I like lots of hills or mountains rising above me.

paigea wrote on October 3, 2015, 8:40 PM

I like to visit the mountains but after a few days I miss the longer day light of the open prairie. :D

ViperGirl85 wrote on October 6, 2015, 5:50 PM

I'm glad you got over it, whether it's a big or small hill. Do you have a stationery bicycle you could use at home, since the weather may prevent you from going for a bike ride outside?

paigea wrote on October 7, 2015, 9:17 AM

I have a treadmill in the house. I like doing yoga with a program taped off the TV. Or I like xcountry skiing/skating once there is snow. I like exercising outside and the weather can't stop me. Shoveling is great exercise too!

morilla wrote on October 7, 2015, 8:37 PM

As I used to tell them when living in Texas... If you can see the sun setting over the horizon on the 'other side of the hill,' it ain't no hill. It's just like some who claim to be spending time in the hills and the highest point in their State is lower than the average elevation I tend to fish at. It's all relative; but, still... emoticon :smile:

paigea wrote on October 7, 2015, 9:34 PM

Well, the highest part of Alberta is pretty high. But where I live it is flat; yet on my bike I still have to work hard as it's a gravel road.

markgraham wrote on November 10, 2015, 10:01 PM

This looks like a road out of Little House on the Prairie. I really liked that show. When you think you are out of shape any hill can seem steep.