Yeah, you had a KILLER year, man.
Originally Posted by Ror3h
Yeah, being totally honest, I don't know if I CAN do this, but I want to put some serious training time into trying. The hardest ride of my life was either the D2R2 180k or the Formidable Massachusetts 160 miler, and both were in the 14-16k feet of climbing. To do this, I'd have to basically double
that elevation gain over a comparable distance, and at the finish line of both I didn't have all that much in the tank.
I've been eyeing Greylock's south ascent - the north is steeper and starts from a lower point so it has more vertical gain - the calculator says you can do it in 9 ascents over 160 miles, whereas the south side would take 9.9 (I'd just do 10) over probably closer to 180-190, I forget. However, the south side is also a (slightly) less punishing climb, and has the added advantage that no one has logged a n effort on that segment on the Everesting Hall of Fame, while someone did do the North face (in 20 hours, lol). I've never done pure hill repeats on it, but I have done up-the-north, down-the-south, up-the-south, down-the-north as an out and back from the parking lot at the base, and that was fucking brutal. A proper attempt would be in the ballpark of 5x that.
So, this summer, I'll be happy with my progress if I can either do 2 laps of that double ascent, or 4-5x up the south side in a single ride. That's still going to suck, though, and at that point I may decide it's not worth pursuing.