Join Date: May 2010
Location: Bristol, R. I.
Bikes: Specialized Secteur, old Peugeot
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I think you will be fine also. I have read where trainers recommend, when time is limited, substituting some intensity for time in the saddle. Climbing long hills sure qualifies for intensity. Last year, because I was so bad at climbing, I made it a point to climb everything in sight, including standing to climb. While the Olympics or le Tour is not in my future, I'm much faster. In your situation, by dialing back effort from that required for climbing, you should be able to go longer.
I'm barely knowledgeable about training so you should check out the free info on the web. Also, get "Cycling Past 50" by Friel.