Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Training & Nutrition Learn how to develop a training schedule that's good for you. What should you eat and drink on your ride? Learn everything you need to know about training and nutrition here.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 08-05-14, 01:48 PM   #1
bbeasley 
Cat 5 field stuffer
Thread Starter
 
bbeasley's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Hammond, La
Bikes: Wabi Lightning RE, Wabi Classic
Posts: 1,425
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Hill training when there aren't any?

I live in the flats, it's 20 miles to the hills and these are just hills not mountains. For the last three weeks I've driven to the hills on Sunday and ridden there. It's about 52 miles with 2000' of climbing. I can feel the difference, I'm noticeably stronger. Problem is I just can't do this every week but I don't want to lose the fitness either.

I commute by bike, just 6 miles one way, and do a 50 mile group ride on Saturday's. I don't have any more time for riding but I can do exercises at home at night. Is there anything I can do at home to get/keep that hill climbing fitness?

Thanks!
bbeasley is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-14, 05:37 PM   #2
Machka 
In Real Life
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Bikes:
Posts: 46,651
Mentioned: 22 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 550 Post(s)
Do you have overpasses in your area?

I used to live in Winnipeg ... flat as a pancake. The nearest hills were a long way off. But I had 3 overpasses in a row on the highway near where I lived, so I'd cycle back and forth, up and over and around those overpasses once or twice a week. I'd ride them as fast as I could, in fairly challenging gears.

Not ideal, of course, but better than nothing.

I've also heard that if you raise the front of your trainer you train the hill climbing muscles more, but I'm not sure if that's true or not. However, if you are stuck at home, you might consider doing things like commercial intervals for 30+ minutes ... watch your favourite TV show, ride comfortably while the show is on, ride as hard as you can when the commercial is on. And you might try raising the front of the trainer a bit.
Machka is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-14, 05:50 PM   #3
caloso
Packfodding 3
 
caloso's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: Sacramento, California, USA
Bikes: Ridley Excalibur, Gazelle Champion Mondial, On-One Pompino, Specialized Rock Hopper
Posts: 34,105
Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 246 Post(s)
You can raise the front wheel and put it in a big gear to simulate the effort. 2x20' intervals to help boost your FTP.
caloso is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-14, 06:50 PM   #4
OldTryGuy
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: SW Fl.
Bikes: 1982 Custom Touring Paramount, 1983 Road Paramount, 2013 Giant Propel Advanced SL3, 2002 Magna 7sp hybrid, 1976 Bassett Racing 45sp Cruiser
Posts: 2,779
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 100 Post(s)
53/12,13,14 standing for a half to a mile at a time works for me. If I want to work harder I add some brake pressure. For sit-n-spin practice I drop to 39 and work the gears while braking lightly.

115 miles last Saturday almost pancake flat and did the above.
OldTryGuy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-05-14, 09:21 PM   #5
KBentley57
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Birmingham
Bikes: 2010 Felt DA, 2012/6 Felt F5
Posts: 671
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 16 Post(s)
KBentley57 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-14, 12:49 PM   #6
bbeasley 
Cat 5 field stuffer
Thread Starter
 
bbeasley's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Hammond, La
Bikes: Wabi Lightning RE, Wabi Classic
Posts: 1,425
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
There's a wide bridge over a navigable waterway 5 miles from my office. I rode down there at lunch and did 6 trips over the bridge. Got in 300' of climbing, not much but way better than nothing. I stood up a few trips and spun the remaining.

Thanks for all the creative ideas!
bbeasley is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-07-14, 07:07 AM   #7
bikebreak
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Bikes:
Posts: 634
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 24 Post(s)
Intervals will make you faster and stronger, but wont train you for hill climbing.

If you need to prepare for actual hills, try what I did:

Take a vacation in Santa Barbara, California.
Rent a heavy steel bike.
Do the local cat 2, cat 1 and HC climbs. Repeat.

6100 feet climbing in 38 miles
Bike Ride Profile | Up and down hors categorie breakfast, easy cat 2 for dessert near Goleta | Times and Records | Strava
bikebreak is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:48 PM.