My Mt Sufferlandria is fast approaching. In just over 3 weeks i’ll be cycling from Sydney to Melbourne (Australia) over a week. I set this goal about 9 months ago when I first started on Sufferfest, and went all in with yoga, MTP, and back-to-back training plans. It’s a goal that feels achievable, but is definitely out of my comfort zone.
I’m travelling light by staying in the cheapest hotels. I’ll take quiet, sealed roads on my regular road bike, and my essentials will be in a 17-litre saddle bag, or in my jersey pockets. I’ll have one pair of bibs, one jersey… and wash them each night in the sink. You’re not going to want to hug me at the end.
The route averages 160km/2000m’s per day, for 7 consecutive days. Some days are 185km, and one has almost 4000m’s of climbing. I’m not some lifetime athlete; I’m just about to turn 40, have a regular job and and a very understanding family I haven’t done anything like this before. I’ll be picking up supplies at supermarkets, and eating at cafe’s/petrol stations along the way. There’s only a few stretches where it’s 70km without services.
I’m posting this because this community is awesome maybe it’ll inspire someone elses Mt Suff. But also to see if anyone has done a similar endurance ride - do you have any advice, tips or considerations? ?
My rider profile is very accurate; an Attacker. I struggle with sustained efforts, so will need to stay in zone 2, refuel regularly and take recovery very seriously. But i feel strong, confident and excited, if a little nervous. I really hope it doesn’t rain too much.
Oh, and if anyone wants to keep track of the progress, I can update this with my instagram link closer to my April 1st leaving date.