I'm a 44-year-old recreational rider who also does a couple of citizens races each year. I can keep up on the flats and even long climbs, but I get dropped on short, steep hills. To me, this says that I need to work on my power at lactate threshold so I can hang on without going anaerobic. So what training should I be doing?
I'm 70 and take a spinning class two days a week and train on the road two other days. Then I ride with a group of 40-somethings on Sundays. On climbs, I can stay with the group nearly to the top before I reach my max heart rate and have to back off. I've tried slowing my cadence and standing as well as increasing cadence and sitting, but I reach my max at about the same place on the hill. Is there specific training that could help me hang with these youngsters?
I've read all of your eBooks. All winter I've been doing the high-resistance/low-cadence "grinders" you recommend. They've helped my climbing and my knees haven't hurt. My question: Should I continue them during the spring and summer? Do the pros keep doing this type of training while they're racing?
I'm 6-3 and 245, down from 280. I played football in college 15 years ago and took up cycling because I wanted a lifelong sport to replace the thrill of the gridiron wars. Because of my size, I do okay on the flats but get dropped immediately on climbs. I know I'll never be a great climber, but what can I do to improve?
I'm a 44-year-old recreational rider whose goals are to improve speed and endurance. I have a great hill near my office, 2 miles at a 4-5% grade. I ride for an hour 3 or 4 times each week at lunchtime, pushing hard on the climb. On the weekend I do a 3-hour ride. I've improved on this hill in the 3 years since I began riding. But I still find it difficult to maintain 80 rpm in my lowest gear. What's the right way to use this hill for training?
I'm a 48-year-old recreational rider who trains 100-200 miles a week. I'm not built like a climber and go up hills slowly. This year, I've climbed a lot, ridden 2 or 3 "spinning" classes each week and lifted weights. But when the road gets steep, I still lack power to turn the gears. How do I improve?
I do a weekly workout on a 1.5-mile-long hill with a steep, 15% grade. I have good endurance, but my speed is glacial. I also have a history of knee problems so use a triple crankset. A riding friend suggested that moderate hills are better training than this killer climb I'm using. Do you agree?
I'm 5-foot-4, 128 pounds and 55 years old. When climbing in the hills around Palo Alto, California, I keep up with younger, stronger riders until the grade gets above about 8%. Then I go backwards. This seems to be a strength issue and I've been doing low-cadence, big-gear intervals. Should I add weight training?