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Posted: Apr 24, 2019 at 11:41 Quote
R-M-R wrote:
5. Stay cool and hydrated. Start your ride under-dressed and chilly, if your climate allows it. Overheating is a major limiting factor to performance.

LOL The "cool" part is generally going to be very hard in the DFW area. Growing up in the south, I found that wicking materials are the devil when riding. I'd rather be covered head-to-toe in sweat that's evaporating off my skin than having a material take it from me. This was a lot of years ago, but I tried riding in wicking material a couple of times in the south and nearly died of heat exhaustion from it. The materials are likely far different now, but if the water isn't evaporating off your skin, you're not getting cooled.

Posted: Apr 24, 2019 at 12:12 Quote
Explodo wrote:
LOL The "cool" part is generally going to be very hard in the DFW area. Growing up in the south, I found that wicking materials are the devil when riding. I'd rather be covered head-to-toe in sweat that's evaporating off my skin than having a material take it from me. This was a lot of years ago, but I tried riding in wicking material a couple of times in the south and nearly died of heat exhaustion from it. The materials are likely far different now, but if the water isn't evaporating off your skin, you're not getting cooled.

Well, do your best. Every region and every person has unique challenges.

Perhaps you can soak your clothes before leaving (I do that in extreme - by local standards - heat), carry your water in a frozen reservoir or frozen collapsible bottles in your jersey pockets, or other tricks this northerner hasn't heard of.

Posted: Apr 28, 2019 at 20:51 Quote
R-M-R wrote:
Most of the tips you hear about heart rate zones, intervals, etc. apply to advanced to elite athletes. For those who aren't at that level:

1. Ride efficiently. High saddle for full leg extension and get your hips forward. Try sliding your saddle all the way forward on the rails and see how that feels; it's quick to test and doesn't cost anything.

2. Ride hard. Really hard. Intensity is more important than duration, but everything helps. The only way to improve is to push beyond what your body was already prepared to do - i.e. gains are proportional to overreach.

3. Ride often. Once per week won't produce much improvement. If you don't have time to ride, put on your running shoes and do some hill sprints (or flat ground sprints or stair sprints if you don't have hills). Do something, anything - and push yourself hard.

4. Get pumped. About one hour before riding, take as much caffeine as you dare - it makes a huge difference.

5. Stay cool and hydrated. Start your ride under-dressed and chilly, if your climate allows it. Overheating is a major limiting factor to performance.

These are all great tips. For me the following help me climb fairly quickly and always keep improving.

- Ride at a fairly high cadence. 90 - 100 rpm allows you to react quickly and explode up a climb.

- Look further up the hill but not to the top. Keep your head up and your wind pipe open.

- Ride with people faster than you. Doing this regularly forces you to get faster.

- Strava, although hated by lots of people, allows you to track your progression and chase better times.

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