Recently went on a ride with one my buddies and the goal was to work on climbing. The ride itself was pretty short at about 23 miles, however, it took on close to about 4,000 feet of climbing. My achilles heel in riding has always been climbing, so with a bit of hesitation, I said “let’s go for it”.
As we ascended up the mountain we discussed different ways to improve pedal stroke. The one I really like from our conversation and have now begun to use is fairly simple. On your climb, you get into a slightly bigger gear, one that you can smoothly pedal through. As you push and pull up on each pedal stroke, keep this rhythm going for five minutes. It helps to envision the technique of wiping something off the bottom of your shoe and pushing your shoe up and over the top of the pedal stroke. Once complete, spin for five minutes, repeat this exercise about three times. You will feel it for sure.
2011 brings to this Tread, the goal of climbing faster and stronger. What is your goal for this year in cycling?