I followed one of the plans at Training Peaks, for hilly races and I did notice a great improvement in climbing.
But crap! it wasn't enough. Raced this Saturday on a fairly hill course that went around 9 laps for a total of 47 miles. I lasted until the 6th lap, which was a victory in itself, but same damn result.
Came twice within 10-20 feet of bridging, but in the end I cooked up my legs and ended 39th out of 46. Funny thing, the closest I came to bridging was at the same *&%&* hill!
Any advice? I was happy with my progress and thought for sure I'd do better. As is, last year's was a better race since I finished 27th. I weigh almost 8 lbs lighter than last year
Don't want to remain just a crit guy, since as I get older that's also getting tough to chew.