on the downhill approach I see th ehill ahead and tell myself..."it's flatter than you think...you'll see...just wait until you get to the bottom and then you'll see...it will be flat".....but it rarely is.
I have learnt to start the hill in a gear I think I can finish it in, use my momentum in the approach and pedal reasonably fast whilst the momentum is still with me.
I also know where many of the inclines (for hills they are not ) around here...so i can cheat and take a rest before I attack them if I am knackered...I often stop at the top as well and screw my legs back on.
The worst times are when I'm struggling up a slope and getting overtaken by kids on mtbs and their grandmother on her way back from tescos.
"Wonder what speed I can hold" is my usual thought. I actually enjoy attacking hills - it's the only time I push myself hard on the bike. I don't know why I take that attitude; maybe it's because I like a challenge.
blue - that's a good attitude, and one that not all cyclists have (such as - ME). Personally i really like charging out on the flat, and handling the bike at a higher speed. But, I must admit I am getting better at hills.