Ok, so I managed to complete the PMC, and now I'm sitting here trying to heal, and trying to figure out how to make it a little easier next year.
My biggest problem is climbing. There are some serious hills on the route. On most of the hills, I was really grinding it out, while everyone else was just spinning past me. I'm wondering if a cassette change will help.
I'm riding a 2001 Specialized Allez Elite triple. Crank is 50-42-30, and I changed to an 11-27 cassette last year. It seemed to help a little. Top end speed is not a real issue, but I'm wondering if a change to something like a mountain bike cassette would help.
I'm even open to looking at a new bike. (please don't tell my wife)
And I do hill training, but nothing seems to help. I'm 57, weigh about 210 (trying to get lower, but that's another story).