It is no secret that I am not a strong climber. The traditional hill training loop around here is Mt Tabor, and it is fun. But it isn't all that close to me.
In my neighborhood, there is a devilish hill, SW Garden View, average grade 12.3%. I have ridden up it exactly once, when I was test-riding the Lemond in 2003. I have run up it many times, but not in the past 4 or 5 years.
And so, I set out to ride it today. I sucked, but one must start somewhere. It seemed the easiest way to track it is to use Strava; no buttons for me to push when riding, or time to watch.
You can see it here:
1. Make it up without stopping.
2. Do that more than once.
3. Get faster.
4. Ride it at least once a week.