So you think you are a non-climber huh?
Why? Because you are “larger” than the small “tooth-pick” folks you see that just seem to float up the climbs?
Well, guess what, there is a way for you, just the way you are, to improve at climbing.
I am going to give you six powerful tips that are going to transform you into a better climber.
But first, I need to emphasize how important committing to this new way of thinking is. Please pay attention to all the details I am about to share with you and then commit to applying them by riding the climbs differently than you are used to.
Are you ready to transform your climbing? Ok, let’s do this!
Number 1: Don’t surge at the base of the climb to try and keep up, or to try to fight your dropping speed. Instead, hold back, separate yourself from the riders pushing the pace, and feel out the climb to quickly find a pace that you can increase your effort from later on in the climb.
Number 2: Set your respiration rate to one that you are able to deeply exhale at the end of each breathe. This is key because your respiration rate and depth of each breathe act as your guide all the way up the climb on how hard you can go. Those short, shallow breathes mean your pace is NOT sustainable and the universe will intervene shortly by slowing your pace WAY down.
Number 3: Ride the climb to your strengths. Push the pace on the transitions from steep to flatter gradient while holding back on the transitions from flat to steep gradients.
Number 4: Change your cadence constantly to manage the different gradients. Use a lower cadence most of the climb to prevent the steeper parts of the climb from taking you over your zones. Then use a higher cadence to build speed on the flatter sections.
Number 5: Look ahead. Don’t be a victim of the climb! Instead, look in advance and take control by “driving” the climb as you would in a car by proactively planning your actions around what’s coming.
Number 6: See your effort through until the end of the climb. Don’t change how hard you try, or how much of the climb you try based on what others do at the bottom. Many times lighter riders go too hard early on. By using a well-executed climbing strategy, like above, you will bring them back by the top.
There you have it!! Now, take action. Get out on those climbs, big and small, and execute some CINCHness to transform your climbing to a new level!
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