I joined the Low Key Hill Climb race today up Montebello. This hill is about 5.3 miles in length and a climb of 1,980 feet with an average grade of about 7%. I was able to take nearly 5 minutes off my best previous time set last year. My final time was about 34:25.
I kept my heart rate high the entire climb with an average of 168 and a maximum of 174. After the initial ramp-up, I keep it in the red zone for the whole climb, as you can see below (click graph to view enlarged).