At age 63 I have been on a serious fitness kick for almost the last two years. Besides going to the gym 3 times/week and once a week with a trainer, I bike every chance I get. Not so much of an open road person but I like to wander around the city. I am addicted to hills. If I am at an intersection I always choose the turn that goes uphill. I can do a 20*+ grade but, as I was made painfully aware today, a prolonged steep grade is another matter. As I was forced to stop and catch my breath up a hill that gains 450' in about 1/2 mile I pondered this question: When my heart is beating like a hammer (173 -- well over the bullcrap "220 minus your age" spec), my legs are burning, and I am forced to pull over, should I:
A: Rest a few minutes until my heart rate subsides, I catch my breath, and I can make maximum distance before being forced to stop again.
B: Absolute minimum rest and press on almost immediately even if it won't take me as far.
I asked my trainer which approach would be more effective towards my goal of eventually making such a hill non-stop (regardless of speed) and will post his answer later. (He is not a cyclist.) I am interested in what you-all think.
For the sake of this discussion I am riding solo and not subject to constraints of courtesy to riding partners or ego. LOL
After today's scenario, which involved several other challenging hills, 2 1/2 hours later I feel GREAT with no real soreness or stiffness. In fact, I want to go climb some hills tomorrow, though maybe not the one that I found really brutal. This would be after a morning weight session at the gym which is all upper body stuff. Would this ride be useless or even counter productive?
Don in Austin