You can be a walking pair of lungs atop a set of monster quads and still struggle up climbs without the right pacing, approach, and technique. Maestros of the mountains ascend with such grace and ease by employing all these mental strategies along with smart technique. Here’s how to pull it all together.
Top Off at the Bottom
If it’s been a while since you’ve eaten and/or if you’re heading into a particularly long climb, give yourself a shot of fuel at the base of the climb, before you start. Your mind and muscles will get a nice energy boost, and it’s far easier to take a bite of a banana or bar when you’re rolling easy on the relative flats than once you’re borderline hypoxic and seeing spots halfway up.