just another gosling
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Everett, WA
Bikes: CoMo Speedster 2003, Trek 5200, CAAD 9, Fred 2004
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Absolutely! 80-100 mile rides with gaspers are a must-do. I like a continuous hard attack on Union Hill, all the way from the bottom, High Rock and N Cherry Valley all the way to the top, Old W-D, Lord Hill from the west, etc., all ridden all out. Not all on the same ride, but 80 miles with 5000' of hard climbing will really make a difference. Even a couple of rides like that between now and then. I'll also do a few shorter hill sprints, but not really sprints, just one minute hard climbs at redline, like the hill on Ben Howard from either side. Recover at your STP endurance pace between hard climbs.
Then during STP, never go hard.