I don't have far to go if I want to tackle a "short" climb around here. Short to you guys, anyway; anything over 1/4 mile starts getting long for me if it's anything above, say, 4% or 5% or so.
We have one road here that I've visited a number of times but it always scares me enough not to try again for a while. It runs just under 1/2 a mile. End-to-end, it averages about 8-9%. If you just take the last 500 feet, it's about 12%. Yep, the farther you go, the steeper it gets. Nice reward. So, the other day I went back, set a pace and ground my way up in around 2 minutes, HR at 163 (doctor approved!) and I was feeling it. I turned around, went down and climbed it again. This time I had to stop maybe just 20 feet from the top when my HRM went off. It goes off, I stop. Them's the rules I play by.
What I wonder though is that I usually just ride over and start climbing. It doesn't take that long to get there, a few minutes at most so I figure I must still be pretty cold when I start up and that can't help the cause any. I do have the option of riding around in the flats for a while to loosen up -and I'll try that next- but what do you do if you don't have that option, if that climb is right outside your door step? How do you approach that?