Rapha Turkey Challenge: Burn 9000 calories (and that’s kilocalories – thousands – meaning 9 million regular ones) during the Thanksgiving festivities. Rapha and Strava have normalized the effort, so 1 mile is 38 calories. For us using the more modern metric system, this means I will have to ride 9000/38*1.609344 = 381,160421052632 km.
So far my riding has been a great success, and the logs are as follows (including stipulated logs for future riding):
- Wednesday 23th: Completely forgot about it.
- Thursday 24th (today): Business trip to Helsinki, so only time for a short test of the rollers right before midnight. Looks like the little magnet on the spoke is doing its job, and the distance is logged. This scientific test shows that I can do around 40kph with 90rpm, amounting to 947 calories per hour.
- Friday 25th: Taking the day off from work (to do you-know-what), then the company’s Christmas dinner (yes, Christmas – Thanksgiving is not observed in Norway, but Christmas starts in early September). If I manage 3 hours on the rollers, I will burn around 2800 calories.
- Saturday 26th: 6200 calories to go. 4 hours on the rollers should burn 3800 more, leaving only a puny 2400 calories for the leisurely Sunday ride.
- Sunday 27th: A mere 3 hour ride should burn the last 2400 calories. Easy!
The test, conducted barefoot and in jeans, means that this could actually work – even with no official holiday!
I might celebrate with yet another last «ride of the season» on Sunday if I make this!
Update! Its only 36 calories per mile, so it’s 402,336 km. One hour extra on Sunday, then..
Update Friday 25th 12:14
Update Friday 25th 15:05
After the first session I realized I needed to make this a little less boring, so I downloaded the 7 hour HD version of Bergensbanen. Here’s a 10 minute clip:
To this I listened to 120 Days on Spotify.
Update Friday 25th 16:15
I’ve been outdoors!
Not exactly racing:
Still, it beats this:
Status after the grocery run:
Update Friday 25th 17:55
The last half hour was hard, due to a sudden loss of motivation, as well as tired legs (although I have rested them for a couple of weeks). A short break for refilling the bottle is ok, no? Can’t say I look forward to another 4 hours tomorrow, but I’m sure that’s completely changed after a big Christmas dinner, lots of drinks and 3-4 hours of sleep.
Update Saturday 26th 13:18
Big dinner and then drinks until 03 in the morning does not seem to help. Spotify radio and Bergensbanen made it bearable (I «rode» from Bergen to Voss), but having 5 days off and just ride five 80km rides (in warm, sunny weather!) would have been nice.
This is my view from the bike:
Since I used Spotify radio, I can use the phone to find out which song is playing – and skip if it’s crap:
Update Saturday 26th 23:50
After the morning ride from Bergen to Voss, which I completed in 01:25:39 (the winning time of the official Bergen-Voss race in 04:15:06), I realized I was less than halfway to 9000 calories – and also vaguely remembered that I used to have a life. So I decided to spend the rest of the day off the bike.
I also made a hefty high-carb pizza with rye flour, cow meat, a leftover onion, chili, etc:
Status: Only 4920 calories to go! That means 5+ hours on the rollers (not tempting) or to go out in the lovely Sunday weather:
Which means I need to ride for 9 hours, with less than 7 hours of daylight..
Update Sunday 27th 17:02
I went for another «last ride of the season», for the 5th week in a row. Partly sunny and 10°C! Very unusual for the end of November. Last year at this time the xc skiing season had started.
Since I woke up around noon, I only had around four hours until it got dark. I managed 62km in very leisurely tempo (is «roller legs» a condition, like «tennis elbow»?), including a climb to Tryvannstårnet:
This is some of what I saw:
View of some of the Oslo fjord from near Kragstøtten at Voksenkollen.
This ride brought me past halfway to 9000 calories:
It’s now Sunday evening 17:02 (5:02pm). Will I do another four hours on the rollers..?
Update: «There’s always next year»
Instead of four more hours on the roller, a friend brought over his home-made spaghetti sauce (and spaghetti) and a 1,5l of high-carb nutritional drink (Coke), and we watched the timeless classic and critically acclaimed cinematic masterpiece Captain America.
During these three days of I rode 244.91 km in 8:19 hours:
I’d be suprised if I manage to ride more in November next year:
And I ate no turkey, potatoes, gravy or pumpin pie.