Will be my second season doing some hill climbs, mainly for a bit of a change and some fun at the end of the road season. At 75kg, I’m unlikely to be near the top end of many events too soon, and budget means the HC bike will be my road bike without bottle cages on
I’m currently trying to get through MV Short Power Build, mainly because I’ve really felt (and seen the numbers) that my fitness has tailed off quite significantly through a season without enough structured training and/or breaks. Having mainly been sustained power focused since last winter, if anything its nice to have different sorts of workouts to do - even if you have to swallow your ego a bit, and drop the FTP to the level its fallen!
I’ll probably largely stick with this, though I might swap out the race simulation/float workouts (e.g. Pierce/Whiteface) for outdoor hill climb practice sessions.
These would be going out to hills that are about the length of those of my main events (in my case, 2-3 mins), and going pretty much full gas up them as ‘race’ simulation, then giving myself long recoveries in between to be as fresh as possible by the next one.
Tbh I think one or two indoor Vo2 type sessions, plus the above ‘outdoor’ practice is a solid enough basis. If you ride hard up a lot of hills, you won’t be badly placed (especially if your fitness is still decent off the back end of the road season).
If you’re focusing on shorter “southern” hill climbs - like me - then that outdoor practice is pretty important for getting your anaerobic snap going, and learning what it feels like to put the power out up a hill (as I’m writing this, I’m realising a bit of sprint-style work should probably go on my plan!)