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My Race Prep for the 2012 Everest Challenge Coming on Sept 28-30

See my extensive writeup with course description and picture of the 2012 Everest Challenge as well as the 2011 Everest Challenge locations, maps, course notes which will be largely the same for 2012. Volunteers welcome.

Race prep

I am ready for the 2012 Everest Challenge, with my weight hovering between 169-170 and my power sufficient to keep breaking personal bests. Though I am finding physiological pushback against going lower, my estimated body fat being around 7% (time for a DEXA scan to verify).

I’ll be acclimatizing at very high altitude (definitely not staying high) prior to the race. It’s just foolish to do the Everest Challenge at not have at least 3-4 days of altitude adjustment. At least not if one is serious about it. Acclimatizing for 5-7 days is much better, and the time of the year is so beautiful in the high Sierra or the White Mountains. Maybe I’ll even do the Trek to the Summit of White Mountain Peak 5 days prior... maybe.

Anyway, by September 18, training for the season is over. The next 11 days are maintaining what I’ve got, keeping the weight stable, and resting up to be in peak condition.

Climbing the last mile of the Schulman Grove climb of the Everest Challege Stage Race (self portrait)

This year I’ll be riding the Moots Vamoots RSL, weighing in about 4/10 of a pound heavier than last year’s Trek Madone 6.9 SSL.

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