I suck at steep climbs. regardless of length. when the grade goes over double digits, I'm a mess. doesnt matter if I'm in a little gear or a bigger gear, I dont get power to the pedals.
case in point, yesterday race. it was not a hard race at all, in fact, I thought about 8 miles of the 8.6 mile loop to be really easy. My problem was about a 1K mile section that was a steep hill, that started (according to mapmyride) about 12% for a couple hundred meters, up to 20% for a small section, down to 6% then back up to about 14% at the top. I would struggle through the steepest stuff, but get popped at the 6% into 14% transition (last 200M of the climb). The 1st 3 times through I survived, 4th time I got popped, worked at FTP for about 5 miles to catch the pack, only to get popped for good next time up the hill.
How do I diagnose whether the issue of getting power to the pedals is one mitigated through training more FTP or do I need to incorporate more AWC into my programme?
without writing a book, I focus mostly on 100% - 120% FTP work during training, and let the group rides and racing take care of the rest. assume that recovery is adequate. I have not seen the same "shift" that guys like Waterrockets have by doing more threshold development.
my profile in w/kg is pretty much all arounder (from recent data):