There’s nothing like a real challenge to motivate you to train harder. No pain, no gain. “Everesting” takes it to the next level…
Goals, aims, targets, measures. No, we’re not playing business bingo here. Goal setting can be (and should be) applied to various aspects of your life, including your riding. Fix your mind on a specific achievement and make everything you do contribute towards getting you closer to that goal.
It’s easy to apply goal setting to cycling, and there are apps and tracking websites that help us to quantify and visualise our progress. We go on about that sort of thing quite a bit here at ScarletFire.
I just found out about “Everesting”. It’s like goal setting, but for total head cases.
PICK A NEW CLIMB ..| ..RIDE 8,848M OF REPEATS ..| ..CLAIM AN “EVERESTING”
Yes, you ride up and down and up a hill several times until you’ve ascended the height of Everest, which is 8,848 meters. That’s a lot, and your legs are going to hate you.
There are official rules to adhere to, so plan carefully if you’re going to attempt one. It would be a shame to have the most exhausting day on your bike ever, only for it to not actually count because of some technicality.
Also, check out the Hall of Fame, there’s some crazy examples to inspire you, such as:
The longest Everesting was completed by John van Seters, who racked up 430.5 kilometres at an average climb of just 4%. That’s a long ride! The shortest was just 154.6km, but at an average gradient of 11.44%. Ouch.
I’ve already got one in mind, have you?
I’m just beginning to think about how to go about psyching myself up to really go for it one day. It’s an insane amount of climbing to do in one go.
Will you be “Everesting” your local hills?