Just out of curiousity, from a newbie point of view, and not meaning to hijack the thread, but what is a time definition of a "big" hill for us in a non mountain area? From a time perspective or distance?Originally Posted by fuzzed .
Quote: Originally Posted by swampy1970 .
Hate to break it too ya but a 2 minute hill, regardless of gradient, isn't all that big. 2 minutes is enough to kill the legs if you have to go very hard for that period of time just to get up the hill but you don't have to try and pedal fast - you can get out of the saddle and roll the gear over at 50rpm if it means that you're not really hurting at the top.
Originally Posted by swampy1970 .
how cool do you look when you're beet red, huffing like a broken steam engine and about ready to pass out or even worse, walking?
Originally Posted by jsirabella .
DL->Being the poster child for back issues, there are things you can do that can help you ride longer and stronger but in the end you will come to realize that you will have to cut it back a bit to compensate. My PT and especially my doctor save my life and they basically say the same thing. You can go pretty much as hard as you had but you will not be able to do it as often or you will run into issues.
I strongly suggest finding a CERTIFIED MCKENZIE therapist in your area. It changed my life.
Originally Posted by BHSpeedrom7 .
Congrats on the weight lose To become a good hill Climber according to professional riders you need to have 2lbs of weight per inch of height, so for someone's height at 5ft 10" they should weigh 140lbs, This is not an easy goal for everyone, my advice to you is a lighter bike does help a lot, pure training on hills i.e going up mountains, I used to be in the 200lbs also the more weight you drop the easier hill climbs become, be the weight from your bike or yourself, Weight training I find is just an image and it does not really improve cycling as if you do a lot of it you will add weight which will compromise your performance on hills. The bigger and more hills you climb those hills you ride regularly will become miminal climbs. I hope this help, this is all from personal experience.
I am certainly not disagreeing with you, but my response is to some of the audience of this thread it is not just going to mountains and hills that makes one better in the hills based on my understanding of training the different metabolic systems and/or building sustainable power output; it is about progressive training as well.Originally Posted by BHSpeedrom7 .
I know it's crazy weight to consider getting to, The only way you can get better at hills is to train on them, don't avoid hills in your journey's. If you have a big hill beside you practice going up and down the hill a few days a week and move on to other hills and do the same.