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Oct 24, 2003 12:58 PM
I need to get better. I'm riding now for three months and can stay with the group and pull once before the long hill and make it to the bottom of the gradual grade with the lead group and then get blown out the back. They regroup at the bottom so I'm fine.

If you could advise me I'd appreciate it.

Would it be better to just keep riding with them or would it be better for me to go hill climbing like Gibralter (in Santa Barbara) or mountain bike climbing (Romero Canyon)?

I want to get stronger. I'm 6'2" 190, so I don't think I will be great but still, I got dropped on the big hill by the tri group once it started going up hill and they were just talking as they pulled away. I don't like that. Help. Thanks.
I'm no expert butvindicator
Oct 24, 2003 2:12 PM
I'd say keep riding with them, and read Friel's Training Bible. Work on his program (and fit the group ride into it). Once you hit a certain level of fitness, you need hardcore workouts to get better, but they need to be appropriately interspersed with recovery and aerobic rides.
Oct 24, 2003 2:47 PM
I think I'll do as you say but try really hard to stay with them further and further.

Maybe it's mainly a heart thing. Meaning a thing where you just have to get over a mental barrier.

Let's see how tomorrow goes. I'll lay really low on the way out and try to save energy.

THere's a small but steep hill early in the ride and I usually attack it for fun, being the first up it. I'll just lay back this time and see if that helps. Thanks.
sometimes setting the pace helps...jose_Tex_mex
Oct 24, 2003 3:55 PM
I have noticed, strangely enough, when I let others set the pace up a hill I can get dropped. However, when I set the pace, they get dropped. I think it's sort of making them play my game rather than the other way around.
I suggest you get out ahead and set a pace you find to be high but not extreme. Play your game. If they go around, stick to your game plan. They will do more damage if you crack in the hill than if you just lose some time. Don't crack, and hopefully you'll be able to re-coop.