Been riding this season on a single-speed roadbike buildup. I have been having trouble with one hill in particular every time I go out. I made it up and over that beeyotch today by changing one thing: my breathing. During my ride today I made a conscious effort to BREATHE deeply and imagine the oxygen filling my bloodstream. As I approached the hill I took huge gulps of air and continued that right up the hill. I was a little in shock that I was able to make it. I haven't even made it up that hill on my geared bike, so I was pretty excited.
rider weight: 280 lbs
gearing: 42t front x 17t rear
pre-flight meal: two hotdogs with pickles & mustard/mayo/horseradish sauce (eaten 2-1/2 hours earlier) and a big glass of OJ. And some pretzels. There might have been some M&Ms, I'm not sure. I think I blacked out. In my defense I didn't think I was riding today so I went a little nuts, but it was my best ride so far!
I still get psyched when I think about riding and these little improvements keep me going.