Hi all, looking for a bit of help here...
Me- 180cm, 75 kg, 35 yo, been riding 3 years, get about 45-50 hours a month in from May-Sep and a bit outside of that but don't train tons during the off season (more skiing, ski touring, basketball etc). My background is more sprint/repeat sports (tennis, basketball) so am still building my 'engine' so to speak. I recover from hard efforts more quickly than most but don't have the top end of some.
I generally ride sportives, but the sharp end of the ones out here can be described much more as a race as the level is pretty high to say the least. The m.o. is that the first climb is ridden pretty aggressively to pop as many as possible and then the pace tends to slacken a bit. I almost always end up 'all by myself' as I like to say which is getting popped by the very quick guys but faster than the rest.
However, I'm starting to claw a bit closer to the top end and need a little help getting me over the top. The below strava is a perfect example of this....http://app.strava.com/activities/11616775
Focus on the first climb here only about 20 guys survived. I held on for 20-25 minutes until I realized I was going to blow so backed off about a minute before that happened. I dug deep, descended quickly and managed to drag myself back to the lead group a bit after the climb. But also spent a lot of energy making back the 30-45 seconds that I lost. Then of course I managed to break my spoke and my day was done and had to do the short course, very annoying.
My question is- what can I do to extend this top end that little bit longer because I'm not too far from being able to hold on till the truce is called.