I love climbing, but have never been a climber. The climbers I train with dish it out on the hills, but they know I'll pay them back in the crosswinds. In races, it's a different story though, as I'm only able to survive the hills around here -- not really to use them to my advantage.
I ended last season with two really bad crit performances in technical crits with a couple of small climbs. I was just thrashed about 20 minutes in. The hills were compounded by the accerlations out of each turn and I just couldn't hang...and my fitness sucked/sucks. Those were the only races I'd been pulled from and it was no fun at all.
"if you ride it the way it's meant to be ridden there's no way any wife is less of a ***** than a bicycle." - gstein
I enjoy climbing more, which is real easy to say when I'm sitting at a desk and not redlining on a 10% grade. Descending is okay but those 10+ mile descents get boring.
I never really knew how to climb until I got a powermeter. I always went out way too hard at the beginning and got spit off the back. Now I just estimate what watts I can hold for the duration and make sure my HR stays below a certain number. Next season I should be 20% lighter and 20-30% stronger, hopefully this will be enough for me to keep up with the lead group (I'll miss my friends in the back).
I like the descent off Cadillac mountain in Maine. The descent from the top of Whiteface is a total drag. The road is terrible and you have to ride the brakes. It's also cold as all get out. I'll take climbing any day.
In the harder rides, they shoot forward and out of sight, and I see them at the top haha.
I know some of you guys have done Everest Challenge; how big of an element is the descending? Do they factor into the finish or do the climbs blow everyone apart enough to make them a non factor?
I've almost notched a full year on the bike now and am happy with the progress, but racing and race rides leave me wanting soooo much more. I've spent the last 4+ years in the gym doing strength work (deadlift, squat, repeat) and had the occasional conditioning day, so I've got a good amount of bulk that I'm losing. Unfortunately, some of that is muscle mass in the legs...
oldest pic ever, and not yet near the apex, but we're all doing this now right?
^^ hairy legs!
Based on the pictures it seems like everyone leans a touch bit more than the bike? I couldn't remember which way it went but that seems to be the case.
"...during the Lance years, being fit became the No. 1 thing. Totally the only thing. It’s a big part of what we do, but fitness is not the only thing. There’s skills, there’s tactics … there’s all kinds of stuff..." Tim Johnson
i've never skied mt. rose, drove by it a couple of times on the way to tahoe from reno. we made some turns at sierra at tahoe, heavenly, and squaw. beautiful area, best views i've ever had on skiis, but my limited skill set wasnt crazy about the wet/heavy snow and hard bumps.
For all the CO skiing I do, I am starting to really miss Utah. I used to love hiking up off the Juipter Peak lift at the top of park city. You hike another 500(?) feet elevation to the top of the resort, and you have 270° of steep powder off the top. Even on the busiest Saturday, there'd be only one or two sets of tracks up there b/c most Park City customers won't hike. All in bounds too (avalanche controlled).
And I bet TetonRider could weigh in similarly.
Last edited by rapwithtom; 12-05-13 at 08:24 AM.