#8: Test Yourself
If you have a goal, you need to find ways of testing where you are in achieving what you set out to accomplish. I wanted to be able to survive the massive climbs in California. But in Boston all we have are little hills. It’s impossible to simulate a 10- mile hill at a 12% grade.
I found the steepest hill I could (Summit Avenue in Brookline, about a mile from my house) and began doing sets riding up and down the same hill multiple times on the clock. By the end of my training I was doing 15 hills in sets of 5 with 2 minutes of rest between each set. That took an hour and a half of straight climbing, and totaled three thousand feet of ascent, more than any one of the single ascents in LA. I still had the downhill to rest, so it wasn’t the same. But parts of my workout hill were brutally steep. So I felt sure I was as ready as I was going to get.