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Hill Training(4 posts)

Hill TrainingLen J
May 22, 2001 2:48 PM
I am going to do the AIDS Alaska ride in August of this year. However I live in the flattest place on earth, the eastern shore of Maryland. I am worried about the climbs in Alaska.

I intend on traveling up to Pennsylvania about once a month to do hill intervals, between now and August. Does anyone know of a workout on flats that will simulate (or at least help me) in getting stronger for larger climbs?
re: Hill TrainingLazy
May 22, 2001 3:06 PM
I met some really nice Nebraskans while exiled in Lincoln for the weekend. They live in the flattest place on earth too. Here's what they recommended:

Find a nice stiff wind and ride straight into it.

Makes sense to me! They were using this technique to ready themselves for a crack at the "triple by-pass" here in Colorado. They have a pretty reliable wind to ride into just about every day though. If it's not windy in MD I guess you're SOL.
Wait for a nice windy day, thenbigdave
May 22, 2001 3:09 PM
do your warmup with the wind, and do your gut-wrenching 3x3 (3 on, 3 off) intervals into the wind. That will really up the resistance. Don't worry about pushing a monster gear, just put max effort into it... if the quads aren't burning, you're not going hard enough.

I read somewhere that this is the method applied by many of the Dutch riders who live and train in very flat areas... they always seem pretty well prepared when they hit Le Tour.

--Dave
re: Hill TrainingSpox
May 22, 2001 11:56 PM
Trainer is good for long climbs simulation (no rest), it's pretty
hot job, but to stand a heat is also one thing to learn.