Anyone else get super excited about PR? I’m still early in my “road cycling life” so I tend to see a lot of them on new rides, but damn if a PR isn’t the greatest thing to see at the end of a ride. What’s even better, though, is breaking into the top ten on a climbing segment.
Climbing is most certainly not my strongest skill. But after taking a hill and coming home, I noticed that instead of “PR” I had a little number 7 on a segment. Turns out I’m on the top ten overall women’s leader board for a climb! And that honestly lit a fire under my butt. Where I typically will try and plan a ride with the fewest climbs on the way home, I’ve been attempting that hill at least once a week.
And FINALLY I can say I’ve moved up in the standings, shaving off three seconds and scooting into fourth place. I still have six seconds to cut before I can claim QOM, but I’m getting more and more comfortable with climbing and definitely think six seconds is an attainable goal. I’m going to set a realistic expectation that by the end of summer I’ll have that QOM!
I see a lot of hill repeats in my future…oh dear. Any tips for strengthening your climbing? Do I need to start hitting the squat rack at the gym?