Check this out (https://www.strava.com/activities/3310410369) If you’re still confused as to why he rode up and down the same street 252 time ‘Everesting’ is actually a thing… (https://everesting.cc/)
For most this would seem like a ridiculous idea but for those who this sparks a little inspiration, we’ve got a challenge for you, so make sure to read all the way through.
An Everest is something I’ve had my eye on for a while, initially on the cards for late last year before I decided on my little bike packing trip, a blog about that is coming to.
During our Level 4 lockdown I’ve been getting a bit creative with staying close to home, the other day I did 100k around a loop including Curren street (72 laps that day) and that really set the idea in my head. After bit of napkin mathematics I worked out I was looking at 250ish reps of the 480meter long climb and If I kept the pressure on the pedals, hopefully get it done in about 11hrs. Honestly apart from that quick bit of maths, the rest of my preparation was rather minimal and ‘she’ll be right’ was the theme of the day’.
The night before I filled up about 10 bottles of mix, put a whole stack of bars and gels in a bag, a few extra clothes and stashed a bag in a bush at the bottom of the hill. Mum, Dad and the Dog (my bubble) planned to drop in a few times for some moral support and extra snacks and a coffee or two so at 6.50am I set off. I’ve done big days on the bike before but I was really looking forward to this challenge. The repetitive nature (especially on such a short climb) of it was going to be a new challenge and hey, it’s one way to pass the day during lock down.
I was stopping every 1000m of vert to swap out bottles/food and as expected the first few hours went buy pretty quick but I was a little concerned as to stay on my original schedule of 800m vert an hour I was really pushing. As with any long day like this though, if you stay onto of food and drink and just ride the waves of good and bad vibes, you’ll make it through. My biggest concern by about mid day was the weather which began looking ominous and I knew rain would really slow things down especially stopping and turning every 2 minutes.
As my mind slowly went numb half way ticked by and the confidence kept improving as the legs where really not fatiguing as much as expected. This was the theme all the way through 5,6 and even 7000m. A few times I looked down at my watch and had to remind myself that I had in-fact been riding all day as honestly the time flew by. By about 5pm I was in the home stretch, it began to cool off a touch which actually helped and I put my lights on for the final two hours or so and really began stepping into it with the finish line in sight.
The last 3-400m may have been the hardest as the mental calculator was hard at work calculating how many reps I had to do. It was the last 10 or so that really felt like they took forever but at just on 7pm I headed down for my final lap it properly dark now the bubble support crew with beer hand. It was a great feeling to be done but different that what I expected, physically I wasn’t nearly as fatigued as I thought I would be and mentally, it was very different to anything I’ve taken on before.
In terms of reflection, that night I really struggled to sleep, the body was over tired and I was waking up every couple hours or so. The next day, it was my back and neck there were hurting more than the legs, I think that was just from the sheer amount of time I spent out of the saddle. The effects of the actual fatigue will last a week or so I predict, that based of the total training load which is equal to a solid week of regular riding for me, but apart from that I think I’ve pulled up pretty well.
Now, would I recommend taking an Everest or your own Everest whatever that may be, a resounding yes. For me at least there is nothing quite like stepping into the unknown and testing yourself to grow yourself as a rider, athlete of just as an individual. Too often we look for what is comfortable and never truly give ourselves a test.
A common phrase I use with the athletes I coach is that ‘you can’t do what you’ve never done before if you’re not willing to do that you’ve never done before’. I feel that the confidence if successful or on the flip lessons if unsuccessful that we can learn from physical challenges like this help us to take on any challenge in our lives and help build momentum in taking on new challenges whatever that may be.
For some, you will have probably seen this and though’t that it’s just not for you. But, if you are even inspired just a little bit, myself and us here at CYCO want to add a little carrot and hopefully get you over the line to give something like this a go. Weather that be a full, a ‘base camp’ or one of our kiwi inspired challenges, join our Strava Club and upload your file and let us know how you got on.
The Full Everest - 8848m
Base Camp - 4424m
Mt Cook - 3724m
Mt Ruepehu - 2797m
Mt Tarawera – 1111m
Once it’s safe to have customers back in the store anyone who completed one of these challenges swing by for a coffee and we’ll present you with a prize. More info about the ‘rules’ of Everesting or some helpful tips and tricks checkout the everesting.cc website or feel free to get in touch with myself, Logan, or the shop and we’ll help you plan your challenge.