How to get faster?
Do hill repeats?
Our NE Brevets are chock full of climbing. The 600k was designed with 20,000 feet.
I live in VT, so I've got the hills, and the gradients.
(Did a nice loop this weekend - 70 miles and 7500 feet of climbing over 2 gaps, gradients going to 18 and 20% on the final pitch. 3 gents floated passed me as if I were standing still going through a switchback... I was sitting in 34x26 or 27 grinning as I approached the top - but wondering how they do it!!)
I love going uphill - even if its a struggle - and I don't mind doing the work to get better - and I want to focus through the fall and winter so I come out next spring in much better climbing shape.
175 pounds with an upper body that doesn't really fit the cyclists mold (lose that? how?)
I ride a compact and spin and stand - I like to change it up
I run a bit - and am planning on adding more to the mix
I've been shedding weight over the last 3 years and improving my cycling - on club rides I'm in the "AA" group - "Always Alone" - usually dropped from the A group (accomplished racers) - but well out ahead of the "B" group. I've got 3 years of what I'd call "serious" base, with this past winter being my strongest to commit to the trainer / weight loss / core training / etc.
I know Machka was looking at improving her climbing for BMB, and spokenword and I discussed climbing on the 600k... just wondering what everyone else does - and how it affects your training / riding / fun time - especially if the goal is to do this repeatedly for 1200k...