This week I completed the challenge to climb 7000 vertical metres. Sunday started with a long ride to set me up for the week ahead. Monday involved a few hilly detours en route to work and the same back home to hit a climbing total of 900 metres. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday were more of the same with just a little extra to hit the 1000 metres per day total. But by Thursday evening I realised I could save my bum, brain and legs prolonged punishment by signing off the challenge with a mega-Friday of 1400 metres of climbing.
My wife was confused when I kissed her farewell an hour earlier than normal, as were my work colleagues when I arrived half an hour late (they weren’t lucky enough to get a kiss). It turns out that “hill repeats” is an unusual but acceptable excuse for lateness. These are this week’s elevations to meet the challenge:
This gives a total of exactly 400 kilometres over the six days. It took 16 hours giving an average speed of 25 kph. All of the above sounds impressive until you remember what we were all attempting to emulate by participating in this competition: