Does anyone have suggestions on how to build endurance for long hill climbing? It seems I can travel distances on relatively flat land Ok and short steep hills wind me but are do-able. It's hard to train for these when you don't have any in close proximity. Last year I thought I was in great shape until I did the Hilly Hundred. I survived the first day but on the second, I was unable to do the last 2 big climbs. Sometimes I think I might be fighting the effects of age or damage from smoking. But I would like to improve my performance on those long steep climbs if possible.
Last year on the Hilly I felt like my legs turned to stone (end of season). This last weekend it was more like I was out of breath (HR=172) (early season). A friend of mine suggested doing squats.
5'7", 155 lbs
2K miles last year
Been riding off and on as adult since '78
Ex-smoker, since '88