Apr 27, 2001 5:27 PM
|Can someone give me some advice on hills??? I own a lemond steel tourmalet with spinergy rev xs , On the flats I can screw, downhill very fast but uncertain about the spinergys (breaking). When I get to a hill my legs just Quit!!! Half way up the hill I am dying for air. I just quit smoking 2 months ago,smoked for 13 years, Is that the cause?? Is there away to train my legs to be as one with my breathing?What gear should I practice in? Any help will be great!!!!|
|Patience, young Jedi||tommyb|
Apr 27, 2001 7:09 PM
|The path to climbing nirvana is long and frought with frustration. Toxins from the body eliminate you must. Low gears must you spin. Concentrate first on breathing, then perfect circles, then breathing, then perfect circles, and on and on. If the concentration by pain is broken, restart the cycle you must. Soon, the perfect circles and the perfect breathing will one become.
Fear not the incline. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hatred. Hatred leads to suffering. But remember this above all, some suffering is good.
Apr 28, 2001 4:26 AM
|Two months away from smoking is not enough to atone for 13 years. Congratulations on quitting but I'd say you'd have to wait at least a year before your body can really start to repair your lungs. That doesn't mean you can't get in reasonable shape in the meantime.
Thanks for joining us nonsmokers!
Apr 28, 2001 6:52 AM
|Prior to my retirement in 1998, I took up the nasty habit. I didn't smoke that much, perhaps a half a pack a day. When I came back to cycling after a long layoff, I immeditatley noticed the effects that cigarettes had on my body. It held me back for a long time, probably about a year. But stick in there, learn to use your low gears and spin. Climbing is an art, it takes mastering. You are on the right track, welcome to the ranks of non-smokers. It will probably take about three months untill you really feel comfortable on a road bike, and a couple of seasons to get into good condition. Hang in there, it will come!!!|
Apr 28, 2001 8:25 AM
|Thanks for the advice I greatly appreciate it!!!!|
|"90 percent of climbing is half mental"--Yogi Berra||Cory|
Apr 30, 2001 8:13 AM
|Actually he said it about something else, probably baseball. But there is a big mental factor involved, in learning how to pace yourself and suffer just the right amount. I ride with a guy who can kill me on mountain bike climbs, but can rarely stay with me on road climbs--he doesn't like the long, slow grind you often get on paved roads. Only way to do it is just to go out and do it, as often as you can without breaking down.|| |