There is no time limit in the rules for this challenge and I had no idea if i could climb that much so didn’t want to race off too quickly on my first try, but I set myself the goal of under 24 hours just so I had something to work towards. I started at 9pm and completed the height of Everest 24hrs and 30mins after the start, so not quite on my target. My ride times were really consistent and bang on what I had planned (apart from the last!!), but due to serious cramps my breaks got too frequent near the later stages to keep on target. When I try this challenge again I think on a shorter steeper climb and pushing myself a little more I could reduce my time by a number of hours.
EVERESTING – a fiendishly simple concept, and a fiendishly difficult ride to complete. Pick any climb, anywhere in the world and ride repeat after grinding repeat until you have notched up 8,848m vert. In one ride. – Hells500
The best part of the day was the wonderful wonderful support from those who came to ride laps with me. Massive kudos to Lee Townend who rode all 7 laps to also complete an ‘Everest’, Anna Woodward who rode 3 laps, Les Ward for 2 laps, Anna Pearce for 2 laps, Elaine Bunyan for not only a lap but also for my hot pasta and scrummy homemade milkshake she popped down with, Izzy Milne Ali Watson & Robbie Milne for 1.5 laps, Nick & Elaine Quinn, Matt Massey &Tommy G for a lap each. It made all the difference and made my ‘dark moments’ a lot less frequent. I can’t thank you all enough.
Ride times for up and down were…
Lap 1 – 2.56hrs
Lap 2 – 3.11hrs
Lap 3 – 3.05hrs
Lap 4 – 3.01hrs
Lap 5 – 3.00hrs
Lap 6 – 3.02hrs
Lap 7 – 2.51hrs (just for the up!!!)
The only downside of the day, which I don’t want to dwell on as the actual challenge went well, but 30mins after finishing I was rushed to A&E! Vomiting badly, pins and needles in face, arms and legs, in ability to lift my head or arms, aching bones my hands became rigid and clawed together etc etc… it was chronic dehydration. The doctor was a little melodramatic I think, but said my kidneys weren’t working and it was caused mainly by nurofen, but also a lack of fluid (needed 50% more than what I had). I now have kidney tests tomorrow as apparently nurofen are very bad for you over time and that iI should have been using paracetamol on all my cycle challenges instead! …getting ever closer to maybe finding out why my insides struggle …always learning.