Ever done a 100 hour week?

 I can safely say I haven’t even been remotely close to even half of that. Felix English Coaching rider, Rupert Robinson last week competed in the TransAlba race in Scotland which sees riders starting in Edinburgh and riding over 1000 miles completely self supported.

Considering how impressive Rupert’s efforts were last week, I thought it was only right to do a bit more digging into his TrainingPeaks files, share with you some of his stats and also ask the man some questions!

*disclaimer – do not try this at home!

Day 1

12 hours 4 minutes
235km
6228 calories
2936 meters climbed 
370 TSS
184w normalised power

Day 2

14 hours 28 minutes
258km
6932 calories
4177 meters climbed
340 TSS
164w normalised power 

Day 3

13 hours 8 minutes
185km
5656 calories 
3137 meters climbed
268 TSS
157w normalised power

Day 4

12 hours 15 minutes
173km
5310 calories 
3208 meters climbed
217 TSS
151w normalised power

Day 5

16 hours 15 minutes
247km
7663 calories
5273 meters climbed
314 TSS
162w normalised power

Day 6

14 hours 17 minutes
239km
5823 calories
2714 meters climbed
260 TSS
154w normalised power

Day 7

23 hours 4 minutes
386km
10396 calories
5202 meters climbed
408 TSS
160w normalised power

Totals
105 hours 31 minutes
1732km
48008 calories
26725 meters climbed
2177 TSS





Without adding some context to the above numbers, its hard to fathom what 105 hours or 26725m looks like…

105 hours 31 minutes – the current leader on stage 9 of the Tour de France has just 38 hours and 37 minutes accumulative riding time… Rupert has well over double that in fewer days!

48,008 calories – is the equivalent to 533 bananas or 186 McDonalds Big Macs!

26,725 meters climbed – 3 ascents of Mount Everest (8868m)!





For anyone that likes the idea of competing in an endurance event like the TransAlba, I asked Rupert a few questions to give you a bit more background info!

1) Obviously looking at your huge bike bags you had to carry a lot of stuff. What type of things did you need to carry?
We probably carried too much but for a first attempt at in supported we tried to cover all bases. In the rear pack was a change of gear & a t-shirt/trouser/short/shoe combo that could be worn off the bike. Some wet wipes, an emergency bivvy. In the frame bag was tubes, battery Pack, cables, toiletries, tools, brake pads,chamois cream, cable ties. There was also a feedback on the handlebars to much through whilst riding.
For anyone that likes the idea of competing in an endurance event like the TransAlba, I asked Rupert a few questions to give you a bit more background info!


2. What was the most challenging aspect of the TransAlba?
We knew it would be Hilly but didn’t expect that much wind & rain. It started raining Monday evening & stopped on Friday evening. Also having 8 punctures didn’t help!For anyone that likes the idea of competing in an endurance event like the TransAlba, I asked Rupert a few questions to give you a bit more background info!


3. You burnt 48,000 calories in 7 days – what were you eating in order to try and keep up with your bodies energy demands?
It started well with us having clif bars/shot blocks for the first couple of days on the bike & eating rice avocado,eggs & veg having porridge for breakfast with bagels. We eat out for the following couple of nights but by the time we finished we were only left with take aways & the coop for bike snacks. This ranged from sweets/chocolate/ peanuts/pastries/crisps/dried fruit and flavored water. The last night we stopped for pizza & chips on the all-nighter as it was 10pm before we found anything.For anyone that likes the idea of competing in an endurance event like the TransAlba, I asked Rupert a few questions to give you a bit more background info!


4. Did you setup your bike differently to what it would normally be?
no, just added the extensions onto my winter bike & the dynamo set up.


5. Would you do it again?!
YES!! A solo challenge would be tempting





If you’d like to find out more about the TransAlba Race then checkout their website www.transalbarace.com





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