I went riding last night, 22 miles. It was a light ride with three climbs. The second near the end of the ride. All three climbs are about 1 mile with a fairly steady grade. I kept in mind all the advice given to me on this forum. I rotated my knees in and that did transfer energy to unworked muscles...a huge insight.
Although, I was still pushing the peddles and I was in my lowest gear. I felt good, but kept thinking is this doing damage to my knees?
I didn't try and stand during the climbs...I just don't see how that makes much sense, unless, I'm really trying to kick it up a hill. With the angle of the climb and considering the energy that would be needed to stand...I just think it seems like a waste of energy to get out of the saddle on a hard climb. I roll back in the seat and just maintain my pace and keep my breathing calm.
After moving to the mountains from the flat lands of Chicago...I've gained a whole new respect for cyclists in high altitudes. I now understand why cyclist here tell me I'll be bored out of my mind if I ever go back to the Midwest