Tonight was a hill-repeat night.
Last week, after seeing how much I sucked at hills, Steph mentioned doing some hill repeats. So today was the day.
I don’t use a powermeter but I do use a heart rate monitor. Tonight my heart rate and perceived efforts seemed a little off. Typically they match up pretty well but not tonight. My perceived effort seemed just a little higher than my heart rate values. That can be a sign of overtraining so I’ll keep an eye on it and back off if needed.
I didn’t track my hill repeats too closely. I should have used the lap function on my computer but chose not to. Of course I’m a numbers kinda gal so after the first couple “circuits” I was not happy with the decision and wished I had more concrete data. My “circuits” were about the same, with the third one being slightly shorter, but not by much.
Did I mention I hate climbing? (If I was better at it I suppose I wouldn’t hate it so much.) Since I hate climbing, I really hate hill repeats. However, if they make a difference and allow me to get up over the climbs a little easier, then I’ll keep doing them.
Climbing must also be an art form. Some are better at climbing than others. I don’t think I’m built like a climber or have a good climbing technique. It’s always going to be part of cycling and I’d really like to get better at it so it requires work. A lot of work!