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Fitness and Hills?

Discussion in 'Training, Fitness and Health' started by Kovu, 28 Dec 2007.

  1. Kovu

    Kovu Über Member

    So now I have my bike I am going to start getting right back into it and get alot fitter than what I am at the moment. So questions?

    Hills. Any tips on tackling them. I can cope with the short very steep hills, but the constant and steeping hills I cant at all.

    Training Regime. Am I best to set up a plan and goals etc or just go free for all?
     
  2. Hugo15

    Hugo15 Über Member

    Location:
    Stockton-on-Tees
    I find it easier to stay seated as otherwise my HR reaches my max very quickly. As far as goals go I find that getting my entries off a couple of sportives helps as it makes me go and ride the hills as practice - the best way to get better at them. You will also probably find that the hills never feel much easier but you will just get quicker at them!
     
  3. Frazer

    Frazer New Member

    For longer hills, put it in a lower gear and spin up the hill rather than try to power up in a high gear. A higher cadence will allow you to keep going for longer, albeit maybe a bit slower at first
     
  4. Plax

    Plax Veteran

    Location:
    Wales
    I'm always sitting down when cycling up hills, usually in one of the lowest gears depending on how steep the hill is and how tired I am at the end of the day. So I don't fly up hills, but I take them at a nice sedate pace and it saves the legs a lot.
     
  5. bonj2

    bonj2 Guest

    hamstrings
     
  6. Joe24

    Joe24 More serious cyclist than Bonj

    Location:
    Nottingham
    If its a short hill i might stand up for abit, then go spinning. If its a long hill, i go between spinning and standing up to bring the cadence back up. Go find some huge long hill and see what works for you, just keep in mind about the fun you will have coming back down. The further up the hill you go, the longer and more fun you will have coming down.
    As for the training plan i find it doesnt work for me. Sometimes i want to go and ride for along time, sometimes i want a quick, fast blast around. And when i'm feeling really good i want to do some hills to see how good i have got since i started.
     
  7. yenrod

    yenrod Guest

    :HILLS = select a gear far easier than you actually think you need esp. for the longer grades...!
     
  8. andygates

    andygates New Member

    Yup. Twiddle up them. If a hill beats you, remember how far you got. Declare loudly to yourself next time that you'll get further up it! Eventually you will stride across the countryside like a colossus.
     
  9. walker

    walker New Member

    Location:
    Bromley, Kent
    try not to use the easiest gear you have, leave at least one or two gears to give yourself an emergency gear to bail yourself out when the going gets tough
     
  10. Bigtallfatbloke

    Bigtallfatbloke New Member

    The worst ones are the long drags which have a convex profile...those which get steeper as to get to the end. I have one such horror withing a mimute of my front door. It took me several months before I could get up it without walking the last stretch. These days I go up it every otherday, I still huff and puff though. At first I needed the triple and almost run out of cogs on it, but now I can get up it on the double ring with plenty of cogs left before the triple is needed. I never stand up, and found th ebest way was to select a low gear, sit back on the saddle and pull as much as I push with my legs. I also take a big gulp of water before the hill, it is possibly more psychological than anything else but for some reason if I forget I struggle more it seems.
     
  11. Tim Bennet.

    Tim Bennet. Entirely Average Member

    Location:
    S of Kendal
    If a specific training schedule doesn't appeal, at least try to mould your weekly rides around a 'rule of thumb'. This is for spring time onwards - the winter regime only calls for steady rides for as long as you can manage.

    One ride a week should be as long and sustained as your schedule allows.

    Two rides a week should be at least 90 minutes of fast and furious. (Club race or chain gang).

    Three rides a week should be at least an hour of 'so slow you think you're wasting your time' speed.

    One day should be spent off the bike.

    It's this mixture of work and recovery that pays dividends. Trying to 'compress the process' by cutting out the recovery rides and rest will only lead to things getting worse. Maintaining the balance is required.
     
  12. ColinJ

    ColinJ Hillfinder General

    That's actually a concave profile (I remember which is which thus - concave 'caves in').

    The late Ken Kifer's fine cycling website describes how to tackle hills on a bicycle here.
     
  13. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    Lots of training is the best way to get up hills, and training on them, but it all depends upon where you live and how many hills you have.

    I'm lucky being on the edge of Derbyshire/Cheshire in that we have most sorts of climbs - long 5 mile drags to short half mile 1 in 4's, and just about everything in between.

    It's technique - shorter steep ones I'll be out the saddle honking it, on longer, lesser gradients, then in the saddle spinning, but occasionally get out to stretch the muscles. Also practice breathing when climbing - it's important for maintaining tempo - get it wrong and you'll get into oxygen debt.
     
  14. Cycling Naturalist

    Cycling Naturalist Legendary Member

    Location:
    Llangollen
    Yes, don't get into the habit of never breathing while climbing. :biggrin:
     
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    Kovu

    Kovu Über Member

    That helped Tim thanks alot!! a training plan does appeal to me, but its just knowing what mileage to put in etc.

    And Yesh I never breathe on hills :biggrin: :wacko: