I previously analyzed six ascents of Old La Honda for power/weight/time and power meter consistency precision).
I haven’t yet analyzed this 8-ascent workout in depth, but I am pleased with the effort on a hot and more humid than usual day. I made one mistake though: I should have taken Endurolytes as I was feeling funky by the 8th ascent and it was not simple fatigue.
To put things into perspective, 8 ascents of Old La Honda (about 10,200 vertical feet in total) is a wimp ride in comparison to the Everest Challenge: it’s like doing only the first two climbs of the first day (Bishop Creek / South Lake and Pine Creek), leaving out the monster 3rd leg: lower Rock Creek and upper Rock Creek. That’s why for me, the Rock Creek sections always are an effort of will (though I am rarely if ever passed on the final leg; I usually pass a few dozen people). I am toast by the end, and that is only the first day, hence recovery is critical.
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