I did the climb up Westlake Blvd. to Mulholland last week. I thought I was quick, but I was way off the PR I set more than a year ago. The statistics for the two rides are striking: in the spring of last year, I was faster for virtually identical maximum and average heart rates.
Time to fix that.
Workouts have been devised, spreadsheets created, weights selected. The last weight training cycle I did made me slower, but stronger. I've built a program that I hope corrects early omissions and mistakes, and will set me up for a fast winter.
My goal is simple: new PRs on Rock Store, Bulldog, Deer Creek, and Johnson Fire Rd. this fall. I've given myself until the first weekend in December.