It’s now been a little over 10 years since I first (nervously) bought, downloaded and rode my first Sufferfest video - Revolver in mid July 2012 I believe. Chose Revolver as it was the shortest at the time - one of many not particularly bright decisions.
Despite the idea sitting in my mind since shortly after this, life and excuses got in the way and I’ve never done a Knighthood Quest. This must and will change on 19th August 2022.
Current schedule, might still be adjusted as I continue to contemplate the carnage:
The Bat 60 mins
Hell Hath No Fury 64 mins
The Shovel 73 mins
Nine Hammers 58 mins
The Wretched 46 mins
Defender 59 mins
Power Station 48 mins
A Very Dark Place 48 mins
Attacker 53 mins
Downward Spiral 54 mins
Total riding time of 9.38 hours plus the 10 min breaks
Longest I’ve ridden so far has been a couple of recent Kitchen Sinks (3 hours) and also done a few back to back sessions of a little shorter Defender / Attacker / Rue the Day and BAT / Angels / A Very Dark Place on back to back days to change up the longer ride.
Just to make this a bit more challenging, after saving for a couple of years, and thanks to the recent sale, I’ve just ordered a KICKR Bike and Headwind, which should be arriving tomorrow. Should just give me enough time to get it all setup, get ’comfortable’ with it and get some rest in.
I borrowed a fan last week and can’t believe the difference it’s made to training comfort. I know I’ve read this many times over the years, but I’m pretty slow at following sensible advice. I only bought my first padded bib shorts in April 2021 and my butt still thanks me.
Am working through an eating plan, food prep etc and will get that sorted out the day before. It will mostly involve jam sandwiches, flapjack, ginger cake, chocolate rice cakes, dates and bananas. I really need to start practicing eating on the bike, as I usually just get up and get going and don’t eat until afterwards even on 3 hour trainer rides. Don’t believe this is wise for 3 hours, but for 10…?
I’m a little short on kit with only 3 pairs of shorts, 5 shirts, 5 pairs of socks and 3 towels. My long suffering wife has very kindly agreed to wash and dry stuff for me, run food and water our garden office / pain cave for me and keep the downstairs loo reserved for me.
Plan is to start early, likely around 3am, currently in negotiation as it’s an hour earlier than I normally get up and don’t want to wake the family too early.
Excited, but rather nervous, but there’s no going back now I’ve publicly posted my intention.
Whilst I need the decals and certificate, more importantly, I’ll be making a donation to a local charity that’s close to my heart: https://foxproject.org.uk/