Knighthood Quests

Good luck Alex, we’ll cheer you up to the gates. :+1::four_leaf_clover::+1:

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Love it. Crush it!

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3/10 down. In the groove. Fresh socks!

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6/10. Another pair of fresh socks.

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Keepin’ it fresh, Alex. 4 more to go!

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9/10. One last pair of fresh socks. I really like fresh socks.

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Nice work Alex! Almost there!

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10/10. And now we dance!

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Well done @AlexEllermann! Congratulations!

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Wow well done! Congratulations!

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Thanks, friends. Quest numbers: $745 for charity (across three Facebook pages) and 133.77 miles.

Lessons Learned:

  • People talk about having several pairs of bike shorts ready to go. I had four pairs of socks down in the basement, too. I wish I had even more. There’s nothing like fresh, dry socks.

  • I’m really glad I listened to the people who recommended a combination of sweet, savory, and neutral foods. I went with bananas, protein bars, peanut butter and bananas on a bagel (cut the bagel up into bit-sized bits), and a bowl full of tortellini with no sauce for lunch. Also, iced coffee was a real life-saver there at the end.

  • I put The Omnium at #7. Mistake. it nearly broke me and I had to switch to level mode on some of the big pulls. If you love The Omnium, put it earlier in the sequence - while you still have plenty of juice in your legs.

  • Unless you’re really into bike racing, have other videos ready to watch. I watched a season of The Expanse on my phone while my iPad ran Suff. OBTW, The Expanse is really good.

  • I found that setting my timer to 8:30 gave me time to have a decent break and get back on the bike well under the 10-minute limit.

*I advertised my fundraising on the Sufferlandria and Sufferlandrian Knighthood Quest Planning Committee Facebook pages, as well as my personal FB page. I raised the most money on my personal page, but the other two helped, too.

*During the week or two prior to the attempt, I never hesitated to pause a workout to tweak my Kickr settings, my saddle angle, or what have you. You’re going to want everything dialed in!

That’s it, off the top of my head. Suffer on!

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Congrats! I hope to follow you this Saturday… great tips I plan on incorporating, especially the tortellini!

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Happy to help. I look forward to cheering you on!

It’s not that I’m that into bike racing, but I needed to fully engage in the process. For me, I needed to be 100% in the game so watched only the vids on my list, turned off all social media (except to post to FB a pic and a checkmark as each vid was done). My family knew not to come down to the basement and I entered radio silence on my phone. Nice fundraising effort Sir Alex! I managed to raise $300 for my charity (but it was almost all my own money, lol).

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I picked all videos I would enjoy. I also really enjoy being on the bike even if it is indoors. Other than posts to FB in between videos, I was locked into the videos the entire time. I was laser focused for 10 hours. It was a mission.

I can’t wait to do it again. When I get permission from the misses, of course.

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Congrats!!

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Update: The Day After

I am really, really glad I planned for a day off after Quest Day. I feel wiped out, like I just flew an all-nighter. Fifteen minutes with Abi, then walking the dog around the neighborhood, is about all I’m good for today.

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Lol!! Relatable. Took me 2 weeks before I touched my bike again

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