Doubling down on the suffering... A Dry July & KOS coming up

G’day all… I must be crazy (well I’m a Sufferlandrian, so that’s probably a given, right?). So I’ve signed up for Dry July. The Aussies here are probably familiar with the idea, but not sure about overseas. Basic deal is - no drinking for all of July, and try to raise money for a charity.

But… there were a couple of problems. I’m allergic to social media, and I’d earmarked Winter 2021 to go for a KOS attempt. But I am most definitely planning on having a drink after finishing!

So… the only solution, is obviously to do Dry July… and then do the KOS attempt on 1 August!

I’ve flagged the McGrath Foundation as my sponsor of choice. They support people with Breast Cancer; the money raised it to help pay for the nurses that provide the support to those affected.

If you’d like to help me suffer twice… not drink for a whole month, then spend 12-13 hours on the trainer… then head on over to https://www.dryjuly.com/users/chris-herrmann and please chip in.

And… to make it even more entertaining… I just did a HM and hit some scary numbers (well scary for me)… which means… I am in for a world of hurt. Lucky that’s why I signed up :wink:

I haven’t worked out exactly where I’ll be posting the ride progress yet, because I’m social-media-impaired… but it’ll definitely on Strava:

https://www.strava.com/athletes/20107334

just ping me on there if you want to follow.

Cheers all, looking forward to more shredded chamois!

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G’day all, quick update. I’ve got my run sheet planned out now. I made a spreadsheet to help me plan out which rides I was going to do, what kind of load it was going to put on my body - and use that to work out which rides at which slot, etc etc. Anyway, I’ve uploaded a copy here:

Curious what others used for planning. You’re welcome to grab a copy if you want for your own planning if you think it’ll be helpful.

Current planned run list:

14 Vise Grips 1
Angels 2
Power Station 3
A Very Dark Place 4
Hell Hath No Fury 5
GOAT 6
Cobbler 7
Attacker 8
Butter 9
Fight Club 10

(trying to balance out MAP / FTP. Cobbler @ 7 to give me a long sweet spot ride to get me over the hump. and Fight Club last… because… well I want to try and fight out the last one :wink: )

The idea of the planning sheet is to give you some visual feedback about how your load is going to fluctuate over the effort:
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Anyway, hope it’s helpful to others. If you’re familiar with Excel you should be OK to just open and work with it / edit etc. I’ve made an Instructions page too for those who aren’t as confident with Excel.

Let me know any suggestions / corrections / etc, and looking forward to it!

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Hi @pb07

Lots of suffering there.

I completed mine yesterday and got lots of great advice through this forum and the FB page. Then really tweaked my approach as I went through the Prep Plan only finalising it about 10 days before. Hope this advice helps:

GOAT followed by Cobbler might bury you - both have low cadence intervals that will fatigue your muscles and the long intervals of Cobbler at that stage will be really really tough. I’d consider separating them and putting Cobbler very early in your Journey.

Cheers and Good Luck

PS Just saw your “sweet spot” comment re Cobbler at no 7 - there will be nothing sweet at no 7😫

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@pb07 I like the spreadsheet you made. I did the same, but didn’t consider using the NM/AC/MAP/FTP values to plot out what the ride would look like… Great idea! I spent about 10 minutes looking through it and reading the instructions, considering possible tweaks, but everything I’ve come up with seems to overcomplicate the sheet or add in extra workload for the template builder. As you can tell, I like to suffer in all walks of life.

Your lineup looks similar to mine; I went with shorter duration, high intensity videos to crank it out and not leave my wife alone with the children for too long. I think cobbler will be tough, but in the #7 slot, might be just right. As you said, you can zone out and just sweet spot your way through it.

Good luck, I’ll be saving a copy of your sheet for future training!

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Thanks @northy185 !

@Craig.Quarmby I thought about that, a lot of people mentioned that #7 was the spot where they struggled which is why I picked cobbler. Basically my sweet spot is long low cadence suffering / endurance, so I was hoping that this one will allow me to just fall into my normal endurance rhythm… and once you’re past #7 there’s no turning back, right…? I also wanted one that was a bit longer so that I wasn’t picking just short ones the whole way through. Yes I wanted the suffering to go longer… but then that’s why we’re all here, right :wink:

Hi @pb07

With us all being different riders with different strengths and weaknesses what works for one may not work for another and Cobbler at #7 may be just what you ‘need’. #7 is definitely a key point in the journey (Power Station for me) although the struggle for me was after that - #8 Butter (in particular) and then Who dares. I was very keen on back-ending my quest with my favourite workouts which are sustained efforts/ climbs but was warned through this forum and the FB group that the nature of rides changes in a whole day quest and favourite rides with long intervals become mighty nasty beasts - not just dialled down enjoyable ones. But without having done it both ways I can’t say if it’s definitely the case. Whatever you choose you will suffer admirably. And that’s what GvA wants!

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