I've never been a good climber, but have been steadily improving over the last 2 years as my general strength and fitness improved.
In Mallorca this year it hit home just how much I can still improve my speed. In the past week I have been cycling to a local hill, climbing it 4-5 times (all I can fit in before the sun sets)
The pace was consistent (.5mph drop off) and my times are about 1.5mph off my PB. I'll use a friend as a target and chuck in a sprint to ensure I match their pace to the top.
So with the background out of the way, is doing a climb at 80-90% of my PB the best way to improve my hill climbing speed, or do I need to be pushing to breaking point and resting between climbs?
Am I helping by throwing in sprints when doing these climbs, or should I just stick to a pace ?