If it's a 20-km climb, I don't hit it and think, 'I have to sustain this for 20 km.' That would be crazy. I focus on two minutes. Really small hurdles. I get to the first two-minute barrier and normally the pace has slowed down. You start to recover a little bit and work on the next two minutes. Riders recover and there's usually another acceleration, which I try to sustain for two minutes. Before you know it, you're already six minutes into the climb. You can also apply that philosophy to a weekly training program. Rather than wonder how you're going to fit everything in around your work, break it down. Focus on tomorrow and figure out when you're going to ride. Worry about Tuesday when that comes. Never think too far ahead.
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