/ effective hill training for a long flat race?
So my question to all the experienced trainers out there is how can i maximise the training effort of all the hills i have on my doorstep for a flat 112 miles race later in the year.
Essentially i have hills in all directions around my house and very little flat stuff apart from one 15-18 mile stretch which is quite a busy road which i don't necessarily want to just cycle up and down due to boredom/danger.
I am a bit rubbish at hills anyway but i could do with some tips to help out with making the most of my 2-4 hr rides.
My flat 40 mile has about the same elevation change as the 112 mile race distance.
The longer routes i do have around 1400-1600m of climbing over 65-70 miles which is probably not very specific to my race later in the year but the roads are much quieter/safer and the scenery is much nicer.
Should i spin up the hills
use a higher gear and grind it out
or just attack each hill out of the saddle and give it max till my legs give up.
I thought spinning might be closest to the long sustained effort i will have to give in the race but is that me just wimping out for the easiest session
Any advice is most welcome
if you want to race late in the season, I suggest that a flat route is probably easy as long as you've got the legs, so what i'd do is race hard till mid season, then take a break from the scene and maybe do lands end john o groats in that time for fun, then do some very hard sessions on a turbo trainer or track a month before the event and then hang on to every single wheel I could till I could move forwards in the race.
no drafting as its the bike leg of an ironman triathlon and i won't be racing at all till this event in july. It's just going to be a trainathon from now till then.
Well what can you do then maybe spend every living hour you can working towards your event, just to find you could have gone a lot further and faster than you did with the retrospective view of the event itself. When all you can ever really do is your best. Good luck X:)
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