Friday, April 15, 2011
Not far from where I live there's a bit of a hill--in Minnesota there's nothing resembling the mountains of my native California. The main road up that hill is about 1.8 miles long and is therefore the longest climb anywhere around here. And in addition there are six other roads that climb that same hill in various ways, although each eventually connects to this main road.
So today I completed a strength exercise I've been doing lately but this time I ascended and descended all seven of the climbs up our precious little hill! The workout goes like this:
Pick a course with longer hills. As you begin to climb, get out of the saddle for 5-10 revolutions and then sit back down for 20-30 revolutions. Repeat this pattern all the way to the top of the hill focusing on maintaining a steady pace. That is, do not speed up too much when standing or slow down too much when sitting. As you gain strength and improve technique, stand for longer periods of time.
Awesome workout, awesome climbs, happy cyclist!
Oh, there was the one little matter of 25+ mph NE winds. Since it was only 48 degrees and cloudy that wind was chilly as well as challenging! But you know what they say: whatever doesn't kill you might still make you cold.
Thanks for reading, have a great day--uh, evening.