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Losing fat helps too of course. But it's power/weight ratio- you need both power and (less) weight.
Besides that there is the mental aspect. If you enjoy the climbs and don't fear them, they are much more fun. You can get some of that just by doing a lot but it also may require a change in the way you think about them. Don't worry if you are not fast- no matter how fast you are up climbs there's always someone faster.
A lot of people advise to not look up so you don't know how far it is to the top. I think that's wrong, it's cowering in fear before the climb. I look up the road and at the top of the climb and think of how much more I get to enjoy.
A HRM or power meter is useful for pacing yourself if you have a tendency to go too hard, and for pacing intervals. But it's not required, and can be a crutch if you can't also go on feel. That's a good thing to learn for when the unit stops working or when you are stressed for some other reason (i.e. heat, altitude) and the power or HR do not reflect how hard you are suffering.
A decreasing waist should also be another nice sign
I just use the older Garmin HR strap. Has been pretty bomb proof (unlike their 'premium' offering).
Tinea Pedis wrote:I just use the older Garmin HR strap. Has been pretty bomb proof (unlike their 'premium' offering).
this times a million. i've gone through 3 premium straps, now im on a polar interation. My dad has been on the same garmin 'hardstrap' for like 8 years....lol
I'm around 10kg above what I think is my 'racing' weight and have been off the bike for 5 months, until last week (just building up time on the road slowly). I was previously using the turbo 6 days a week for an hour each time, spending 20 minutes bringing my HR upto 90-95% (HIIT) and the rest of the time at 75%
5 km warmdown.
TT training: Flat road, 5 km warm up. Three 3 km blasts at slightly over TT power with a 1 km pause in between. Turn back toward home and TT the rest.
Climbing: Hill repeats. Lower cadence and higher speed at every hill.
Domestique: Find undertrained mate. Make him beat his PR.
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