I have now started the more intense part of my training - getting ready for those perfect century rides coming up in about 2 months. Last night I got serious about hill climbing after reading Friels book - the section on strength training. I took on Lake Desolation - not once but twice! Here is a link to the course and elevation provile - bikeroutetoaster - 4.9 miles - 1125 ft of climbing. The first shot up I stayed out of the third chain ring and averaged 9.5mph, the second time up I also stayed in the middle chain ring and also kept the 25 tooth cog in reserve. Don't know what the average was as I did not reset it when I came down after the first time. On the descent I hit 43mph
I am going to try top make this a weekly event. I must be hooked or at least nuts!