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Steal A Pro’s Workout: Jesse Thomas’ Strength-Building Hills

The four-time Wildflower champ recommends pairing up with a training partner to push one another through this tough effort.

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Four-time Wildflower champ Jesse Thomas did this workout at a Kona team training camp, and recommends pairing up with a training partner to push one another through this tough effort.

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The focus: To build strength on hills and practice smooth, efficient transitions in and out of the saddle.

The Workout:
6×10-minute climbs as:
1. Steady for 6 min, hard for 4
2. Repeat
3. Steady for 4 min, hard for 6
4. Repeat
5. Steady for 2 min, hard for 8
6. Repeat

Keep your cadence around 60–70 RPM and periodically practice coming in and out of the saddle while maintaining a smooth pedal stroke and RPMs.

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For more from Jesse Thomas, check out his Triathlife column archives.