Once again I am trying to improve my climbing. It has always been my weakness and I've been working on it continually for years...I do ok on long uphills but I get dropped in races with real sustained climbs.
Been trying to do the same myself. Was suggested to do spinning bursts in a lighter and linking them over time.
Been doing that, and generally drill the mindset of increasing my cadence. Once that happened, the upper body form I was once lost about just came about. When doing the bursts/intervals, I actually stay in the same gear I was seemingly mashing. My rationale was "I apparently had the torque to push it for quite a bit, so if I get past the peak of the 'demanded torque curve'*, spinning it shouldn't hurt the legs so much more".
And that was kinda true. My lungs would hurt more, or that's my asthma
*this concept of a demanded torque curve could be utter bull****, but it's been working out for me in one way or another.
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