Alright a question that came to mind tonight.
I am a proponent that no pain no gain is the way to look at things. Now this pain may be breathing hard, spinning fast, etc. Basically not riding 5 mph on your beach cruiser.
I know all riding has some benefits more when you are your training thresholds. Lately I have been doing most of my riding with club riders who are dare I say very fast. Most are Cat5+ racers and they do move. A typical ride can bring us to 21 MPH+ for extended (i.e. long) periods of time. I have no problem running that plus more on the flats. My impovement needs to be in climbing. I always get dropped on the climbs which is a function of the strength of my quads and other muscles.
When I go up a hill (long grade) at speed I quickly go anarobic, breathing hard, quads hurting, building lactic acid fast. Sometimes these hills are 3 - 4 minutes of pure pushing, sometimes more or less. I try and work on hill work also when I am not group riding but most of the time I am riding it is base or muscle endurance.
How much time would be the minimum that I can do to see results from hill climbing in the anarobic zones (zone 4a ,4b, 5, etc). Will the 5 - 10 minutes of true hard anarobic work on a group ride 3 times a week give me results now? I am a little afraid of going to hard on hills while I am working this year on general improvement but I want to get stronger as quick as possible.
I almost never go anarobic to failure like I do with weight training. I usually just push through the pain until we get to the top. My quads do get fatigued after a while and I slow down which means I know they are working.
Will I see results? I know that riding with riders over my head will make me stronger, quicker, etc but I do not know if I am doing enough. I am suplimenting my riding with time in the gym right now also but it is after the ride not before... save it all for the road...
Thanks as always