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Everest Challenge 2001(12 posts)

Everest Challenge 2001jdl
Aug 28, 2001 12:55 PM
So who here did it, finished it, and liked it.
What f*ckin hell. But I loved it anyway.
29,028 feet in two days at 200 miles. Grades from hell on earth.
I finished the bastard. I think I'll do it again next year.
Kewl!!grzy mnky
Aug 28, 2001 1:12 PM
Sounded nice and heinous! Was it nice and hot also? ;-)

Couple of us will target next year - we gave serious consideration to doing it this year, but apathy struck hard.

So give us a blow by blow. How many finished/dropped? Any good projectile vomiting? Grown men crying? Women sneering?
Aug 28, 2001 2:26 PM
1st day
112 started
80 finished the first day

2nd day
80 continued
47 finished total.

People swore, vomitted, shook, some couldn't stand up(Cat 1s), Most everyone look for an excuse to not start the next day. I left mike bike in the car, hoping it would get stolen. I had to call a friend to give more support to move on. I wanted to quit after the first day. By some miracle I finished. I felt like a flash light: leave it on, it diesp; turn it off for awhile and then back on, you've still got juice to burn.

Anyway it was in the desert, at least the base 4000 to 7000. Pretty much stayed 104 F for the first 2000 to 2500 feet of climbing for each peak. I had to count pedal stokes to keep my mind from falling flat. But the 6th final climb was beautiful: a lake with sheer rock cliff and an ice glacier in the back ground. Cold at 10,000 feet though.

Good ride, Everybody should experience such hell.
Details! We need details! (nm)look271
Aug 28, 2001 1:21 PM
blew out my footDog
Aug 28, 2001 1:29 PM
Suffered a stress fracture in my foot and withdrew. Actually, the doc said I've probably had the fracture for a while (I've had pain there ever since the Terrible Two), but the pain finally got "too bad" to tolerate. Not looking good.

Tough event. Good going.

Correction....grzy mnky
Aug 28, 2001 1:36 PM
Wouldn't that be your "paw?" ;-)

Guess you have to take the down time and rest now. Does this put your 508 effort off until next year?

Heal well.
Yup, pawDog
Aug 28, 2001 2:06 PM
Up to the doc, but I may be screwed. I'm pissed. But, my fault for not getting it checked out sooner.

When I had big bruises on my feet after the TT, I should have figured something was wrong. Just thought I wasn't healing. I guess pain exists for a reason.

Yup, pawwhygimf
Aug 28, 2001 6:31 PM
Can't even imagine hammerin' so hard on the pedals to create a stress fracture...

Let us know what the Doc says.

Let us know how your setback will make you stronger.

Thanks for all the support and encouragement you've given to those here at RBR. Back atcha, Dog. You've got mine.
bummer.... good luck with the recover! ... nmJohnG
Aug 28, 2001 8:35 PM
Let your paw heal, that's the tough partpeloton
Aug 28, 2001 8:51 PM
Careful with that foot until the doctor gives you the all clear. I've seen a lot of people rush back into activity when an injury isn't completely healed, and make it worse then before. The hardest part for someone like you is going to be letting yourself heal before starting to put in more miles. See a good sports doc, and hopefully the recover will be quick.

Sometimes the hardest part of training for a sport is not training for that sport. Good luck with your recovery, Doug.
Aug 28, 2001 9:59 PM
I understand there are some great Vets in Fresno, Good luck.
Everest elev. 29,035 (new GPS) NMBrooks
Aug 29, 2001 10:01 AM