Day 36: Doing hill climbs on the bike without hills

By Skip

Another hot day and when I looked at my schedule this morning I cringed a little.  How in the world was I going to be able to bike with my legs in this condition?  That is an answer that would have to wait until after work. 

I found a pretty nice route last week so I headed in that direction as there was a stretch of road that I felt I could go back and forth on while simulating hill climbs.  You see, in south Florida, for those of you who don’t know, we don’t have hills.  Unless I head towards a large bridge (which is a common thing to do down here) there is no way to simulate a hill so you have to learn how to fake it. 

I use long, flat stretches to go full out and get my heart rate cranking.  Standing up and cranking as hard as you can is pretty darn good exercise…. plus it is very exhilarating.  What I was doing is using about half of the stretch for the hill simulation and the other half for recover.  Turn around and do it again.  For pleasure, one of the directions I had the wind in my back and it was a little breezy which means I was flying.  On the way back, however, that headwind made things even tougher.  I thought about using that as my recovery ride but that be cheating, right? 

Here is what was on my list today…. If you look at the chart below you can easily identify the 8 hill climbs: 

  • WU: 10 minutes @ moderate aerobic intensity
  • MS: 8 x 1-minute hill climbs @ speed intensity with enough recovery to reach total workout time of 1 hour and 5 minutes (including warm-up and cool-down)
  • CD: 10 minutes @ moderate aerobic intensity

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I did not have a chance to get new pedals for the bike yet.  I am not sure if I mentioned it or not but my friend gave me a pair of his bike shoes to try out so I need the right pedals to clip into.  That should help. 

On another exciting note, I got my second sponsor to commit to me today.  A couple more sponsors and I will be all set.  I also saw that the qualifying race for the Escape to Alcatraz triathlon will be held in San Diego next year.  Instead of taking a chance on the Alcatraz lottery, I should go do that and qualify… right?    Boy I have my sights pretty high but if you know me you know that if there is a slight chance of qualifying, I will find some way of doing it.

Filed in: Biking, Escape Alcatraz, Sprint Training, Triathlon • Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

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