vEverest completed! Excruciatingly long ride report

Stats:

  • 11H 22M
  • 8.5 “climbs” up Alpe du Zwift
  • 64 “miles” of “climbing” up average 8.5% “gradient”
  • Fastest “assent” 62 minutes, 70 minutes average
  • 6,778 kj(kCal)
  • 186 NP (2.78W/kg), 632 TSS

Nutrition:

  • 2,800 calories/725 g carbs
    • 7 bottles homemade 2:1 maltodextrin/fructose drink mix
    • 2 Maurteen gels
    • 2 SiS gels
  • 9 Nuun tablets
  • 6 Precision Hydration electrolyte capsules
  • 5L water
    • 7 bottles w/ drink mix + Nuun
    • 2 bottles w/ Nuun
    • 1 bottle fresh water
  • 600mg caffine
  • 2 slices pizza

Links:

Commentary:

Wednesday this week I received an official Everesting jersey in the mail. A friend of mine surprised me with the gift, purchasing it after I completed a Half-Everest/Basecamp back in October 2020 (https://www.trainerroad.com/app/career/mikeshin/rides/91201493-morning-ride). He didn’t know the jersey is exclusively reserved for successful full Everests. Now I had a “stolen valor” situation to remediate. I decided on Friday to attempt on Saturday.

From a timing perspective this was pretty stupid. I had a couple weeks of vacation during the holidays and did 1,600+ TSS over ~30 hours between December 21 - January 2. But, I had a couple days of rest and mostly recovery ride the following week. I was feeling surprisingly fresh so decided to roll with it.

The ride started around 5:45 AM. It’s incredibly boring doing this on the trainer. Podcasts, YouTube, Netfilx, Music weren’t really helping so the majority of the time I rode in silence. I had some friends join me on Zoom for a couple hours which was the only thing that mitigated the boredom.

For pacing I tried to keep it in Z2, but that was also really boring and it was hard not to inadvertently drift up. Most assents I was able to kept around 72 minutes, which was responsible pacing for me. Around 1:00 PM I started getting ANT+ dropouts and trainer disconnects which caused some panic and frustration. I lost time resolving the technical issues, but was able to make it up with a 62 minute assent on climb 7. I was happy I still had that kind of effort in the legs so late into the day, but paid for it during the last 2 hours.

The last 30 minutes I listened to Rachel Platten’s Fight Song on repeat. Last year, I started doing this ironically during long sweet-spot intervals as an inside joke. It’s since become a real secret weapon on reducing RPE when things get dark.

As an aside, I think virtual Everesting is significantly easier than outdoors, both physically and mentally. The logistical simplicity is incomparable. It’s easy to hop off the bike on the “descents” to stretch, use the bathroom, refill your bottles and you don’t lose any time. You don’t have to focus on staying on the road and not crashing. The boredom that comes with 12 hours on the trainer can get tough, but I still think it carries less cognitive load than making sure you don’t die.

Post-ride:

It was hard to eat after the ride. The last thing I wanted at that time was anything sweet, but a friend coerced me into choking down a recovery shake, which I was thankful for. I had a sandwich but that made me even more nauseous. Getting to sleep was also hard because everything hurt, but somehow felt ok this morning.

Other thoughts / Thank you:

I started TrainerRoad on January 1, 2019 with a Ramp Test and a 189W FTP. I was 41 years old then and had spent the preceding 15-20 years living a mostly sedentary and unhealthy lifestyle. I’m completely incredulous with how far I’ve come. I can’t overstate my thanks to TrainerRoad and the surrounding community for getting me here.

(Also thanks to Pete and John for keeping me company on Zoom. And Dave, Lauren, and Garrett for keeping me motivated. And Young for being supportive of my long hours on the bike.)

29 Likes

You’d better update your profile picture to you in your jersey! Great work!

1 Like

Haha, I don’t think I’ll ever change that picture. I’m too proud of my first bike and impeccable fashion sense.

1 Like

Massive kudos - tremendous effort

1 Like

Congratulations! What an effort and progress over the two years. Impressive. I hope you had your helmet on!

2 Likes

This is impressive on its own. I can’t listen to 3min of that let alone 30

1 Like

I agree, it is objectively a bad song. And yet…

1 Like

Kudos. I have thought about vEveresting and while I enjoy cycling, I’m not sure I like it that much. And I’m not super interested to see what my body feels like after accumulating 600+TSS. Hope you take the next week or two easy!

1 Like

Wow. Fabulous achievement. I can’t imagine how you got through that, I can barely make 90 mins on the trainer without wanting to beat myself in the face :smile:

1 Like

I hear you. I’ll admit it wasn’t entirely intrinsically motivated. But once I told some people I was going to try it, I was pot committed.

TrainerRoad’s secret sauce is they trick you into thinking you like beating yourself in the face. :sob:

3 Likes

basically the same speed and wattage that i did, but you’ve outdone me by about half hour. Big effort, congrats. I noticed my body retained a fair bit of carbs/water for a couple of days and my weight surprisingly spiked afterwards, so dont be concerned!

1 Like

Nice! Congrats on your vEverest! I was originally planning on 14 hours, but that was before I knew you could use the descents as breaks. I had planned for 4 15-min breaks which I didn’t use. The descents were faster that I was expecting too.

This is a tremendous effort. Very well done :+1:t2:

1 Like

image

1 Like

First official ride (Recess -4) showing off the jersey!

10 Likes

Inspiring :muscle: :muscle: :muscle:

1 Like

Great effort, I will have to give this a go one day, maybe with a friend though for company !

You mentioned you started 1st Jan 2019 at 41 with ftp of 189w, what is your FTP now after all the training and riding you have been doing ? I had a break of a few years when my daughter was born and started back into it slowly at the same time and am wondering what gains you have had since then :slight_smile: Thanks.

1 Like

I’m probably in the 250-260W range right now (next ramp test next week) at 67kg. I had peaked in 2019 with a 275W FTP at 65kg.

Thanks. Good progress there :slight_smile: I am currently 87kg at 183cm and back in November I tested at 268w. I am slowly trying to get down to around 80kg while currently doing a structured training program, but have concerns on starting to loose muscle if i start to dip below that and not sure what I should do, lightweight vs some good sprint numbers. Keep up the good effort :slight_smile:

1 Like