Hill training and other fun ways to spend a saturday

So i’ve realised that to stand any chance of enjoying the c2c i really need to cycle up some actual hills. So this afternoon i set out for a little ride, i didn’t have a route in mind, my only plan was to cycle about 20 miles and include Pool Bank or Otley Chevin in the ride at some point.
This was my route:

Training ride

Training ride

I gave Pool Bank a good go but did have to get off and push for about 200 metres which was really annoying. Still at least it’s given me a bit of an idea as to my hill abilities (fairly limited at the moment) and I felt fine with the pace which worked out at about 11mph.

Think I’ll go for another, longer ride tomorrow.