I was curious to find out what each of you thought about climbing.
What percentage of climbing do you think is mental? There are some days where I attack every climb and look forward to each one. Other days even the smallest hill seem like Mt. Everest. This is especially true is I had a stressful day at work or I'm tired. It seems that my state of mind on that day is more of a determining factor on how well I climb than how physically fit I am.
I remember that when I first started riding I was intimidated by hills. Basically I was defeated by the hill before I even started climbing. I still see this in friends who are just starting or do not ride very often. As soon as they see a climb they just give up.
I wanted to hear your approach to a very long climb. Are you intimidated by a long climb or do you look forward to it?