Last night I did a 12.5K climb up Mt. Seymour in North Vancouver for the first time. 7-8% grade for most of it. Ouch!!!! I usually need at least 20-30K with some short hills to warm up, did not have that here. Gritted my teeth and made it up. I sat the whole way, and when I reached the top, I could barely walk. Sore sore sore in the area below the groin in the inner muscles. I was told that its important to stand on the pedals every once in a while.
My question is: At present I am usually in the lowest gear for this kind of climb, so when i stand on the pedals, the spin is too fast. Do most people shift up before standing for a few strokes and then shift back down when sitting back down?