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Everest Cycling Challenge 12 Week Plan with Power + Strength Plan

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Everest Cycling Challenge 12 Week Plan with Power + Strength Plan

Includes Structured Workouts

Structured Workouts automatically sync with compatible devices and guide you through workouts in real time.

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Simon Kessler (Simon Says Cycling)

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12 Weeks

Includes Structured Workouts

Structured Workouts automatically sync with compatible devices and guide you through workouts in real time.

Learn More about Structured Workouts.

Plan Description

“Take on the Everest Challenge with a proven training plan and expert pro tips”

Training plan description: Are you considering the Everest Challenge which requires 29,029 feet of elevation gain on the same climb (Strava segment)? Are you unsure what kind of training will get you ready for this big climbing challenge? Having recently completed the Everest Challenge myself here in Boulder, Colorado (15 times up Flagstaff Mountain "Super Flag"), I know first hand what it takes in terms of training, planning, nutrition, equipment, and support. In this plan, I provide you with the training you need and my best tips for the big day.

This training plan will improve your endurance and climbing ability significantly in just 12 weeks. Weekday rides are between 1-2 hours while weekends are reserved for longer rides. Specific training targeting climbing (or indoor climbing simulation) and training at the intensity for the challenge are scheduled as well as specific nutritional strategies while training to improve your fat-burning ability and endurance. Simulation rides of 50-70% of Everest's elevation are planned for the final 4 weeks of the plan to prepare your body and mind optimally. A strength and core training plan is provided to strengthen your back, knees, and legs for the challenge. The plan provides additional tips and recommendations in the final weeks and for the big day. The plan ends at the end of the 12 weeks with your Everest Challenge (on the weekend of week 12). before starting this plan you should have a good level of fitness and be training 6+ hours per week consistently.

The training is with Power and is designed in the Workout Builder format which provides your personalized power zones in each training session which are calculated automatically from your Threshold number inputted under settings. Additional benefits of the Workout Builder format include direct training session sync to your training device (Garmin, Wahoo) and directly to Zwift.

Designed by former professional and multiple national champion coach Simon Kessler of Simon Says Cycling, coach Simon has coached for 25+ years and has enjoyed an incredible track record as a coach which includes state and national champions on multiple continents in the road, track and mountain biking. Some of Simon’s clients have won world championship medals and gone on to wear the yellow jersey in the Tour de France. With this plan, you receive 30+ years of top-level experience in a super effective training plan that will lead to fast improvements.

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Plan Features

This training plan starts on a Monday

The plan is reusable an unlimited amount of times

This plan works with power only (no heart rate zones)

Designed with the latest Workout Builder - offering you more precise training with your personalized power intensities automatically displayed for each session

Your day's training session appears automatically each day on your Garmin or Wahoo device and in Zwift in your "training" folder

Strength and core training plan included

Additional instruction and coaching via our client-only FB group

How it Works

Load Your Plan

Quickly view upcoming workouts in the TrainingPeaks app.

Workout and Analyze

Upload completed workouts from your favorite tracking app or device.

Track Your Progress

Get feedback, stay on top of your training and perform at your best.

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Training Plan Sample Week


Average Weekly Breakdown

Workouts Weekly Average Longest Workout
Bike x6
12:19:00 15:00:00
Day Off x1
—— ——
Strength x1
00:17:00 00:25:00
Workouts Per Week Weekly Average Longest Workout
12:19:00 15:00:00
Day Off
—— ——
00:17:00 00:25:00

Training Load By Week

This plan works best with the following fitness devices:

  • Power Meter

All supported devices

Simon Kessler

Simon Says Cycling

Do you want to make real improvements but are often left frustrated with your progress?

Coach Simon Kessler's proven track record (since 2001) has helped everyday cyclists and professionals achieve their goals and attain new levels of satisfaction and fulfillment in their cycling.

Our training plans combine real-world experience with sports science and years of experience coaching cyclists from beginner to professional.

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  • This plan includes a Free Basic TrainingPeaks Account.
  • Access your training plan anywhere on the TrainingPeaks mobile and desktop apps.
  • Track your performance with robust data tracking and detailed graphs.
  • Plan for your event in the TrainingPeaks calendar.
  • Track your weight, sleep, hours, fatigue and stress while you train.
  • Syncs daily with other popular apps like Garmin and MyFitnessPal.

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