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Got my butt kick the other day....(3 posts)

Got my butt kick the other day....bent_spoke
Jul 27, 2002 9:13 PM
I've started riding some more serious hills, hoping that I would improve my climbing. I got my head handed to me on some seriously steep stuff (not sure of the grade). At one point, I had to stop, as going side to side was tough with no oxygen & the occasional car or two. Actually, the side to side stuff I thought was only to be used by kids until Paul Sherwin mentioned on the TDF broadcast that it was in his "bag of tricks".

It was so steep, it was hard to click in again, even going across the hill (kind of narrow) & my shoes kept slipping. I went back later in my car & I hit about 55mph before slowing. I bet that I could have passed sixty as it was a "free fall".

Anyway after this ride my legs are all play out, not spent but kinda stretched out. I've also been doing some hill repeats over the last couple of weeks. After these work outs, I have a day off & then an easy day. I'm noticing that I'm riding 1-1.5mph faster when I come back without additional effort. I just started last season & I was hoping to improve my speed & climbing. Have you found this to be true? Is the payoff for busting my butt? If so how much improvement can you expect in a season?

Last year I got 2600mi on 6days/week & this year I've already gotten about 1700mi in 6days/wk, but I've added the hills. Any other suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!
re: About the hills............davet
Jul 28, 2002 8:08 AM
...someone once said "It doesn't get any easier, you just get faster". Keep up what you are doing, you WILL get faster.
be careful not to screw kneescyclopathic
Jul 28, 2002 3:52 PM
and yes riding hills will make you faster. Make sure you get enough recovery and watch your knees.

with respect to your question you will probably see some regress at first, then big jump and then very slow incremental improvement. If you do your workout 2 times a week you should see considerable improvement in ~2mo good luck