Knighthood

Thanks for the info Renzo, I appreciate that.

Yes I was referring to the Knight of Sufferlandria plan. Excuse my incompetence for typing that wrong.

I’ve done plenty of 5 hour+ outdoor rides lately, I manage those with no problems. Maybe I’m closer to the goal than I thought.

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Just a mistake, man. Sorry if you felt I was implying incompetence.

Before checking the plans as I typed my first reply, I thought that the Volcano Climbing plan was named the Mount Sufferlandria Climbing plan :sweat_smile:.

Excellent! You’re close to your goal, then. There’s a dedicated Facebook group on the topic, Sufferlandrian Knighthood Quest Planning Committee, in case you’re interested.

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My experience of it was that the primary challenge was Mental and not physical. You need to accept you will crack (several times) and still need to carry on.
If you’ve not experienced that aspect much before I’d just stick a couple of hard sessions straight after each other where you’re guaranteed to fail.
With careful selection of which workouts to do and preparation of water bottles/feed you can get through the physical aspect easier than you think. I had a recovery milkshake ready for after each workout, a bottle ready for each interval and changed shorts every 2 workouts.

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I didn’t k ow about the Facebook group Renzo, cheers for the heads up, I’ll have a look into that.

Definitely motivated to accomplish this part of my journey. It’s incredible how much the mental part of the system has urged me on.

Best platform out there.

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It did sound to me like it was more a mental challenge than a physical one. I’ve tested my determination a few times out door’s and on Zwift in the past so have some control over the breaking. I’ve never riden 10 hours before though!

Thanks for the tips on preparation, I’ll make a note of all those things Eerke, thank you.

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Indeed, it sounds like you are close.

There is no shame in trying and failing. On the contrary. But I believe you can absolutely do it - if you put your mind to it.

And to keep you in the forum, there is also this thread to check out.

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Physical prep is one thing, but as you’ve mentioned, the mental prep is just a big if not more. Check the group out as suggested, it’s a great pool of knowledge and experience. From KoS: prepare… route, kit, nutrition, a minion helper and lots and lots of chamois cream.

Have the belief and you will crush it! Good luck!!

PS - did I mention the chamois cream??

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Every Knight has a different story to tell about the path they took, all part of the lore of Knighthood. It sounds like you’ve worked out your WHY, and most would say that’s the most important thing, so now you just need to work out how to do your DO. There’s a whole spectrum to that - from plan and prepare meticulously to just get up one day and do it (I did the latter). Only you, at best, can know when you’re ready. However and whenever you get there just remember your WHY and you’ll get it done. It’s “only” half a day or so on your bike (!) but it’s also a personal achievement that you’ll likely remember forever. Plus it gets you access to Knights’ perks. And stickers :slight_smile:

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Failure isn’t the end of everything, it’s the progression of a determined person. But to me, right now failure isn’t an option. I’ll probably have to use every mental trick in the book about half way through though.

Thanks for the link too, I appreciate that.

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Thank you Sir_Paul for that wisdom.

It is apparent that there’s going to be a hell of a lot of preparation for the challenge. I’m pretty anal when it comes to all that stuff so I’ll end up being one of those who plans it all.

How did you go about documenting your effort for proof of completion. I’m interested to know what methods people have.

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Cheers James. You guys are great. The advice and kind words have encouraged me no end. I’ll finish the road plan and then push through the Knighthood training plan which should take me somewhere near Christmas if it’s another 12 weeker. Need to check that again

At least then I can say I’ve got something out of this poxy year 2020.

Oh and the perks of Knighthood and stickers are the icing on the cake! I’ve also noticed talk of a jersey… Can’t wait.

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I actually wrote story about my journey and featured the name of all the videos I completed in it… as well as a link to my Strava profile

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I can’t imagine how 10 hours on the indoor is even going to feel! Crazy stuff for sure. Good job to all you Knights.

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The first 6 go quick, the real half way point is number 7. Videos you ‘enjoy’ are a must all the way. Good luck for when you crush it!!

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Cheers Sir_Paul. Can’t wait :muscle::bomb:

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Knighthood is a quest that will require more mental fortitude than physical aptitude. If you’ve done 3 to 5 videos back to back at some point in the month leading up to a Knighthood attempt then you will be ready. My suggestion is to ride in Level mode and to start off with your targets across the board dropped by 85%. Starting off in Erg mode or at a higher than 90% intensity range is a recipe for unnecessary suffering. Of course this will be some level of suffering required to succeed, but you don’t want to get there too soon! Here are a few example slides from a presentation that I gave some time ago. Effectively, in order to do a single epic session, you don’t need to accumulate lots of epic sessions along the way. Providing just enough stress and rest in your training to allow you to be able to complete the task without injuring yourself is a good way to think about it! In preparation, often less is more.

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Thank you coach, that information is really motivational especially hearing it from the man himself :wink::ok_hand:.

I’ll aim to take on the challenge around about Christmas time after finishing the Knighthood training plan coming into it nice and fresh. As advised I’ll set percentages across the board to 85%. Although this may drop somewhat during the challenge :sweat_smile:. Having seen others elsewhere suggesting anything under 70% is for the couchlandrian and not the Sufferlandrian I will not drop below that out of fear of being punished.

Thanks for the info :sunglasses::ok_hand:

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Sounds like a plan…and 85% is a starting point. I know for sure that I was close to 60% for parts of my Knighthood…and there’s no possible way that I could have done any more than that at that point. You’ll have some waves of feeling good and not feeling good…so just remember when you’re down, at some point you’ll come back up!

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Well it’s live guys. I’ve created a charity fundraiser for the Stroke association in the UK. My partner suffered a stroke 5 years ago and its left her dealing with chronic central nerve pain. She was in her early 40’s when that happened!

Anyway I thought what better way to keep motivated as suggested and what better cause.

Thank you all.

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I’m sorry to hear of your partner’s stroke and resulting pain, though I’m sure that the motivation to help with be a benefit to keeping you on track and toward helping to improve the world through your contributions to the Stroke association! I had raised funds for the Davis Phinney Foundation in my knighthood ride, and a friend recently raised funds for a high school mountain bike team during his knighthood. I believe that it’s always a great idea to do something to help others when we seek a personal challenge such as knighthood. Chapeau and post a link where we can support you/donate when you’ve got it set up!

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