Hills, Hills and More Hills

Happy (almost) New Year!  Couldn’t let 2013 end without one final blog post.  I really loved this ride, but just to warn you– it’s 45 minutes of climbing.  I tried to keep it interesting with some lifts in and out of the saddle, short sprints uphill and some longer, in the saddle climbing, but regardless, no flat roads on this ride.

Each climb is rated by a PE level (Perceived Exertion).  This makes it a little easier to gauge the difficulty of each hill.  A PE 10 would be an absolute killer hill, either pushing yourself on speed at the peak of the climb, or a really heavy climb.  As a reminder, no hill should be so heavy that you can’t maintain at least a 60 rpm pace.  Enjoy!  Here is the spotify link:  climbing playlist

  • duffy – mercy (3:39) : warm-up/stretching
  • pitbull/t-pain – hey baby (3:56) :  seated, standing climb.  seated for one min, standing for one minute.  increase tension.  seated for one minute, increase gear.  finish out of the saddle. PE 4-5
  • the clash – train in vain (3:09) :  steady climb, beginning in the saddle.  steadily increase gear, reaching PE 5.
  • metallica – no leaf clover (5:44) : okay, i know metallica is a little out of the ordinary, but i really like this version.  starting in the saddle, speeding up on each pickup in the chorus.  this one starts out slow, so start moderately heavy.  PE 5-7.
  • needtobreathe – let us love (3:42) : i know i promised no flat road, but this is a little break in the climbing.  keeping it active, around a PE 5-6, but workout is not from climbing.  moderate resistance, keep the pace quick.
  • the white stripes – seven army nation (3:51) :  seated climb, increase speed during chorus.  there are three surges, 20-30 sec each.  add tension after each surge.  PE 7-8 (this is as heavy as we get).
  • katy perry – birthday (3:35) : yes, katy perry talks about her birthday suit on this one.  i apologize in advance.  lifts in and out of the saddle.  keep it quick, 10 sec in the saddle/10 seconds out.  repeat throughout song.  enough resistance to keep your body stable out of the saddle.
  • the rolling stones – gimme shelter (4:32) : slightly uncomfortable, seated for one minute, standing for one minute.  maintain cadence.  PE 7.
  • police – every little thing she does is magic (4:20) :  seated/standing, surging in speed with every pickup in chorus.  PE 6-8
  • the killers – human (4:05) :  seated in the saddle, standing push out of the saddle.  PE 5-6
  • tim mcgraw – just to see you smile (3:35) : cool down, stretch
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