I started road cycling 1 year ago and since then I've grown to be able to ride up HC grades and ride centuries with no problem at all. In general I have absolutely no problem with any regular climb, or short and steeper ones (1-2 block long 10%+ grades).
BUT on this weekend I tried to climb a particularly steep category 2 hill in Berkeley and I failed miserably half mile from the top at the steepest section. After stopping and gasping for a minute I managed to finish it though. I feel terrible because I can't get out of my head that the hill defeated me.
How can I prepare myself for a climb section that averages 12.5% for 1 mile and has 20%+ parts? Any advise?
This is the whole climb:
Strava Segment | El Toyonal/Lomas Contadas
And this is the last and steepest section:
Strava Segment | Spock! Help me, Spock!