40,000 meters of climbing is 131,233.6 feet - each month! Any amateur cyclist who trains all year round to complete an event with 10,000 feet of climbing in a day, can remind themselves that Ivan Basso climbs 13 times that amount each month in training. There should be no doubt that mountains separate an amateur from a pro. So next time you are suffering on a climb - channel your inner Basso!
|This is me out climbing the Col du Tourmalet in 2008. Time on the bike is what it takes.|
Update 11/15/11: I should have mentioned I work for my brother, who loves to ride a bike. Sometimes I call him with work related questions in the middle of the day only to recognize the sound of heavy breathing. I usually ask, "where are you climbing now?" After answering my brief question today, in between breaths as he climbed upwards, he added, "okay I only have 39,000 meters of climbing left to do this month, I'm almost there!"