I was up on West Loyola in Los Altos Hills. I would hump my way up the hill - riding the touring bike with saddle bag for a little extra measure of effort. I'd be OK while standing - except for my legs and triceps feeling like they were going to melt. As soon as I would sit to roll back down the hill, my stomach would protest. I nearly regurgitated a few times. It's probably because I ate a little later than normal this morning. Note to self - finish breakfast at least two hours before doing this next week.
For the last 5 or 6 years, I've trained my body to go long and slow. I've slogged up many a pass in the Alps with a loaded touring bike, sitting and spinning away in my 22x36 at a comfortably aerobic 6 mph. Well, it's time to turn over a new leaf. I need to become an anaerobic beast. I want to do well in my next road race, which is the Mt. Hamilton Classic. I'm going to need a good, strong 10-15 minutes standing climb to get through the little hill in the middle of that race at any sort of reasonable speed. I know I can do it. So, the rest of May is dedicated to the anaerobic power climb.
Now for your viewing pleasure, some pictures of how I will NOT be climbing this month (and because I really need to reminisce about some fun vacations):
Tourmalet - near the top and Tourmalet near Luz S. Saveur
Passo Stelvio near Prato allo Stelvio and looking down toward Bormio
Passo Gardena and Passo Campolongo