We did Newport Coast Dr. (1.5 miles 450 feet of gain) with different variations and included Vista Ridge a couple of times. I've been wondering how I would get significant climbing in with my new work schedule. For the time being I will have to use the local terrain and just suffer at the events. I am training for the Mount Laguna Bicycle Classic (MLBC) in April and the Breathless Agony in May. Mount Laguna has 10,000 feet of climbing in 100 miles, and Breathless Agony has 12,000 in 114 miles, 11,000 feet of which come in the first 72 miles. You can read my MLBC pre-ride report here.
Having seen the stats above I think now you can appreciate more clearly my dilemma -- how can I train for 10,000 ft climbing days on a 450 feet climb? Or how can I train on a 1.5 mile hill when the requirements of the race are 10 mile climbs or Breathless with it's massive 30 miles of almost continuous climbing from Mill Creek to Onyx Summit at 8443 feet summit? Just look at the map provided below it's flat terrain all around me. As I've said in previous posts --- this will be an interesting season.
Ok on to the geek stuff here is my workout.
Garmin download elevation and power
Repeat #1 Steady used as a warm-up
Vista Ridge- a steep 10% average
Vista Ridge power displayed as w/kg
Newport Coast Repeat #2
Newport Coast Repeat #2 w/kg
Newport Coast Repeat #3-- Seated
Newport Coast Repeat #4 -- Standing
And then I lost motivation and did an easy #5 repeat. I just couldn't get into the 5th repeat or go up to Vista Ridge again. But I will as the season continues.