3 Peaks Challenge by Luba K
3 Peaks Challenge – Course Profile: 235 km, 3 Epic Climbs
If I had to describe my 3 Peaks 2014 experience in few words I would choose: “over-ambitious”, “painful” and “rewarding”.
For my first 3 Peaks challenge, it took most of the descent for my pre-ride nerves to disappear but by the time I reached Bogong and waved to Alex my son as I rode past, I was ready to go for the first peak: Tawonga Gap. Once I’d found a nice rhythm, the climb itself was quite pleasant. Before I knew it, I was at the top with 35 min mark. This half an hour of climbing was one of the best moments of the day – my legs were feeling fresh, weather was great and I was feeling good. At this stage, I thought that my goal to finish the course in 11 hrs is quite achievable.
Peak 1: Tawonga Gap
The climb up Hotham wasn’t as bad as I thought at the beginning and I as worked through the first few km, I was feeling strong and managed to pass few riders as I went. And then I got hungry. My energy levels dropping right off. This was a frustrating feeling, especially as I’d been eating throughout the ride. I was in need of some real food and that energy bars just weren’t going to cut it. The false-flat couldn’t come quick enough, the ramps seemed to last forever and at every blind corner I was sure the climb was about to end, anyhow, I’ve managed to climb Hotham in about 2 and a half hour.
Peak 2: Mt Hotham
Lined up at Dinner Plain for lunch I was feeling tied but satisfied – two peaks down, one to go.
Falls Creek – for those first 9km, any thoughts of finishing the ride in 11 hours were swept aside. Instead it simply became a matter of survival — keep turning the cranks; keep moving toward the finish line. Turning every corner and seeing the road continually rise was a nightmare…I thought about walking a few times, but managed to keep turning the pedals over. . I was no longer concerned by my time and was just focused on getting across the line. My feet were on fire, I was tired and sore, I was feeling hungry but sick of sweet foods/gels/bars after a long day on the bike and I couldn’t seem to get enough air in my lungs just to power the next pedal stroke.
Peak 3: Falls Creek
Crossing the finish line on at the end was one of the best feelings I’ve ever had. It was a day of so many little victories and the culmination of so much hard work …
I’d like to say thank you to the people who helped me achieve my goal of completing 3 Peaks Challenge this year: Sam Davis – training program design and real source of inspiration over the past four months, Mellissa Robinson and Andrew Patterson – for many training sessions which weren’t always fun but they were always valuable.
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