I need to improve my hill climbing ability. I am currently road riding with a very experienced, A group rider. He's providing some coaching to help me improve. He has only one comment, I need to improve my hill climbing ability. Both he and a freind who watched me mountain bike have commented that my form, (posture in the saddle, when riding and hill climbing) is very good. They see no problems, so I don't need to make changes there.
The problem I have is I'm running out of breath. Muscle weakness/pain is not much of an issue. When I road ride I'm out of breath but rarely (almost never) have tired leg muscles. When I'm moutain biking my legs get tired long after the lungs give out. I've paid particular attention to this issue. I'm currently riding 15 to 23 mile road rides with average speed between 14.3 to 15.5 MPH. My goal is to maintain 15 MPH as I extend mileage. On MTB rides, its difficult to discuss because so much is based on the type of trail and technical difficulty, but here I'm taking longer, more difficult (advanced) rides as well.
I've been taking vitamin E to expand my blood oxygen capacity, in addition to a multi-vitamin.
So can anyone in the Fifty Plus forum provide me with advice how they improved their hill climbing? Are there any exercises or specific actions you have used to address this?