Just received these short, but interesting 12 slides titled “Climbing like a Tour rider” by Joe Friel. A few relevant items for this season’s ambitions (my Haute Route prep):
- Best climbers’ weight (slide 3): good news: for a 5’10” rider, it means 140lbs. I’m not there yet, but within 2 lbs/1kg. With 51 days to go, and the hardest training still to come, I am hopeful. Why is this so important? Slide 6 shows that 1kg excess costs you 3sec per km on a moderate climb. (I need to verify the physics here, if I ever have time.)
- Lesson from slide 4: give it your all to keep a strong wheel on the flats.
- What’s the best one can do now (with only 51 days to go to the Haute Route Alps)?
- Build fitness. YES! Increasing that CTL is what it’s all about now by putting in massive amounts of training stress score points (TSS).
- Hill cruise intervals. No 8-12min hills in chicago land, but I hope to start this soon on location.
- Going “danseuse”. I like that, and slide 9 shows why that’s the case if you are lighter.
- Keep up the cadence
- Work on the mental state. (Doing fine so far–just believing in the schedule and executing it is all I can do now; the occasional down day is probably normal…) The start of the TdF this weekend also gives a great boost! Vive le velo!