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mountain training(4 posts)

mountain trainingtmotz
Jun 20, 2002 9:12 AM
I live in a very flat area of Ohio and want to know is there a way to train for mountain climbs if there are no mountains around.
re: mountain trainingLC
Jun 20, 2002 10:04 AM
You can sort of simulate it by using a big gear and head into a strong wind. Still it won't really tell you how good a climber you are since climbing is really a battle of power vs weight. If you have a short hill you can do repeats to get stronger, but remember that you still will get rests going down that you will not see in a 1 or 2 hour climb up a real mountain.
re: mountain trainingPing_Pong
Jun 21, 2002 6:05 AM
Mountain climbing, as opposed to climbing short or even long hills is about power at around threshold so you can do similar training to what you would for TT.

You can also replicate the feel and position of seated climbing on an indoor trainer if you lift the front up by a couple of inches. Some longish intervals grinding out <80rpms at just over threshold HR with the trainer set up like this will give you a good idea of what a relentless alpine climb feels like. Maybe turn your fan down too to increase the suffering !

The one thing you can't really replicate is long periods out of the saddle at threshold - if that is to be your style.

Also gear choice and cadence is an important thing to consider. If you are used to spinning low gears, you might run out gears on a mountain and be force to ride in a pedalling style which you have not trained for.
Bowling Green / Findlay / Toledo, right?lonefrontranger
Jun 21, 2002 7:35 AM
I grew up in Dayton and it is pretty flat there too. Now that I do 25 mile canyon climbs every weekend in Boulder, I can vouch for the training tips the others gave you. I started out as a decent time trialist, and those technicques certainly do help.

Added to that, I'd say it would benefit you to go for a couple weekends with your ride buddies down to Hocking Hills or any of those other Tym Tyler style rip-your-legs-off-fests. That's great hill training and the camping in that region is superb. If you are in Central Western OH, then Pike County is only a few hours away, and you can't find better climbing than that. When I raced with the DCC/Huffy team, they would do several camp/ride weekends every season down in that neck of the woods.