Six Ways to Become a Better Climber

Six Ways to Become a Better Climber

Want to climb faster AND enjoy climbing more? 


Yes please!


Here are six powerful tips that I use with my CINCH clients that have helped them become a better climber and enjoy the roads more when they point upwards!. 


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 and feel out the climb.  Find a pace that you can increase your effort from later on in the climb.


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.


3:  Don’t fight it, flow with it.  This means pushing the pace on the transitions from steep to flatter gradient while holding back on the transitions from flat to steep gradients.  Don’t fight it, flow with it.


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.


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.


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.


There you have it!!  Now, take action. Get out on those climbs, big and small, and execute some CINCHness to take your climbing to new heights!


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