Recovery from an Everest
The day after completing my 5th Everest on Mount Donna Buang I was well and truly knocked for six. Given that I hadn’t planned to Everest, it was a bit of a shock to the system. I was lucky to have the next couple of days off as I needed them to recover. Overall my body wasn’t sore, but I felt as flat as a pancake and could barely move. Surprise, surprise.
I spent the day reflecting and making sense of what I had just done. The response I was getting online was a mixture of disbelief, respect and condemnation for hurting myself so much. You always hope that you get out there and do something which defines you. With cycling this is challenging as everything becomes a blur. Especially when you are constantly doing long distance rides like I am. I honestly don’t think I am going to be able to top the craziness of this week. So much has gone wrong, and for me to bounce back like I did was unbelievable. The help and support that I received during this week was amazing. Especially to Stryder who really carried me through my first Everest for the week.
My next big ride will be the next Domestique ride. This is on next Sunday and I’m hoping to get the day off from work to go out & do it. I could have easily ridden today, but felt an extra forced day of rest would do me wonders. Plus I figure that its more important to have the energy for the Baw Baw ride.
It still hasn’t sunk in that I did just under 700km’s & 19,000 vertical in 4 days.
It still hasn’t sunk in that I did 2 Everests in 4 days.
Not bad for a week of Annual Leave.