Whoever ignores doing hillwork is missing out on some real excellent training.
Hillwork builds strength, endurance and aerobic capacity better than anything else out there. If there was only a way to do hillwork in swimming we would be all set.
I was on my training bike this morning at the crack of dawn. The weather was cool but not cold. I was able to ride in shorts and jersey with arm warmers. I took to the long 8 mile hill this morning with a vengeance. I wanted to make it to the top without having to get out of my big front chainring. Since starting my training I have never been able to make it to the top, last trip up I had to gear down about 1/2 mile from the top.
There were times where I thought to myself this is the last of my energy - but I would get up in the pedals and push a little harder. I could see the top coming and got real excited. I pushed even further and harder to get to the top quicker.
I made it, what a feeling! My legs were completely dead. Whew!! Now the next challenge is to make it up in a bigger gear on my cassette. Yeah Baby!!!!
I am planning on doing 50 miles on Sunday. This is the last Sunday ride of base training - my actual training schedule starts on April 1st. The focus and determination is returning. I know that I need to give 110% effort with every training session. My nutrition plan has got to be right on. My equipment in great shape. This sport rocks !!!!!!!