Everesting Pretoria

So I decided to do this Everesting thing…… Started 12:15 on Saturday morning.  Perfect weather. There is a small climb near my house which I chose to do it on.  It helps if something happens i.e. technical or puncture or helps with the rest periods and food. Also, peeing in someone’s garden at 2am normally is not an issue and only you know about it.  Doing it at 2pm…..people tend to point and laugh and draw guns and stuff.

I wanted to do it in a day’s time.  24 hours. This hill was as close as it was going to get with a total accent of 47m according to Strava (little more on the Garmin) and a distance of around 800m. Long story short, took me 18 hours 40 minutes to complete my challenge (15:10 riding time) Total accent of 9000m reached.

My Strava File:  https://app.strava.com/activities/283650609
Ave Watts:  165
NP:  227
Distance:  308km
Time:  18:40:45
Accent:  9259 (Garmin/TP calc)
TSS:  818

Nou ja…..on the Hells500 Wall of Fame so I am happy….

Nutrition wise, I have done a bottle of water and a bottle of USN Epic pro every 3-4 hours.
Eggs on toast 5am, Noodles 1pm , Protein shake 12pm
I should have eaten something with substance at around 4pm but I was so tired and did not think about food in any way. Introduced a coke and a chocolate at 5pm and my wheels came off.  Nauseous and just feeling very bad in general.  Pushed through but it was a stupid mistake.

Bike behaved very well. Cannondale, Campy, Campy wheel set.  The Stages power meter did not hick-up once. Punctured at 1am. I charged my Garmin 1000 with a Amped charger – It was able to charge 20% for 15min plugged in when I stopped for food and the best was it did not switch off when I plugged it in which is one of the requirements to complete the challenge. Also very important was the pants. .  No issues with my Assos S7 bib.  It was worth every cent.  No saddle sores.  No chafing, nothing.
Perfect
Hall of Fame:  http://www.everesting.cc/hall-of-fame/

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Everest Veloviewer

Race of truth

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So I had the privilege to go do SA championships in  Nelspruit this past month.
I stayed over at the Mercure Hotel in Nelspruit.  What an amazing place!  The room was perfect and I stayed almost the whole day in there with the air conditioner at FULL blast!  Nelspruit’s heat was not holding back.

So the next morning I was out quite early.  With a 6:38am start it was going to be a nice cool ride for which I was very thankful for.
I had to make a couple of adjustments to the TT bike the previous night as the SA officials was not happy about the length of my handlebars.  With that in mind I had to go test them out before the race just to check if all was OK.

So in the starting pen.  Count down from 1min.  30sec.  10….9….8…7…1…GO!!

With any time trial it is very important not to start to hard.  So the first 10km is usually a mind game where you have to constantly check your watts in order for the adrenaline not to take over…..

My lap times were pretty constant.  My watts were better on lap two although I lost some time due to technical cornering around the circles that went haywire.

Lap 3 (final lap) was a flyer.  I gave 200% and was totally broken when I crossed the line.

Final clear from Dope Control and the race day was over.  Fortunately we did not have to wait for too long before the results came in.  3rd place.
Not what I was hoping for but a good result none the less.

Back home I had a chance to look at the figures.

Norm Power:
Lap 1 323w
Lap 2 331w
Lap 3 342w

Total for 3 laps:
333 Normalised Power with an average heart rate of 176 over a time of 46 minutes.
My best figures for the 2015 season

I’ll be back next year to try and see what can be done about this third place.

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