Every week I make myself do some uphill training. For that i ride to the mountain near my area. To start things off i ride 6 miles to the mountain and get into what I call "pre-mountain hill". It is 20% elevation hill just before the mountain, approximately 500 meters long. Than i get to the main part, the mountain climb. It is a road going uphill to the top of the mountain without any spirals, just straight up 45% elevation for at least 400 meters. I ride my trek mountain bike that weights 30 pounds and it is not a nice ride with that elevation. It is like hell going up that hill. So my question is should i use lower gear and higher cadence and sit in the saddle (that will take forever to climb) or should I stand up increase by a gear or two and muscle it out? Sorry if its a stupid question, just wanna see what other people do.