18 Miles Per Hour

18 MilesPerHour is about riding through the world instead of just passing it by.
WHAT’S IN A CLIMB’S NAME?
A lot of climbs have names that are overtly trying to humble you.
The Bitches.
QuadBuster.
The Widowmaker.
Then there’s one of our local climbs. 
It has a seemingly-innocuous name. 
It’s tame, but it usually comes at the end of a longer ride so it’s where you empty the tank. You leave whatever you’ve got left in you on that climb.
We’ve always called it 9-Minute Hill, for obvious reasons.
Turns out some other folks call it something else.
7-Minute Hill.
Do yourself a favor and Google “Strava 7 Minute Hill.”
Well, ain’t that an ego shrinker.
And look at those times. Could be 5-Minute Hill.
Maybe it’s the 30-Minute Martinis I had.
Or the 10-Minute Fried Mozzarella Sticks.
Whatever. I’ve got to face the facts.
It’ll never be 7-Minute Hill if I’ve got 9-Minute Legs and a 12-Minute Gut.

WHAT’S IN A CLIMB’S NAME?
A lot of climbs have names that are overtly trying to humble you.
The Bitches.
QuadBuster.
The Widowmaker.
Then there’s one of our local climbs.
It has a seemingly-innocuous name.
It’s tame, but it usually comes at the end of a longer ride so it’s where you empty the tank. You leave whatever you’ve got left in you on that climb.
We’ve always called it 9-Minute Hill, for obvious reasons.
Turns out some other folks call it something else.
7-Minute Hill.
Do yourself a favor and Google “Strava 7 Minute Hill.”
Well, ain’t that an ego shrinker.
And look at those times. Could be 5-Minute Hill.
Maybe it’s the 30-Minute Martinis I had.
Or the 10-Minute Fried Mozzarella Sticks.
Whatever. I’ve got to face the facts.
It’ll never be 7-Minute Hill if I’ve got 9-Minute Legs and a 12-Minute Gut.

  1. my--country reblogged this from 18milesperhour and added:
    This little story did make me laugh. You can’t beat willy waving on strava!
  2. aronaltmark reblogged this from 18milesperhour and added:
    One of my favorite local climbs. Definitely a personal testing ground.
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