The Double Century Challenge



As far back as I can remember I’ve never been up to facing challenges.  I used to be more into sitting idly by as the world spins around me.  When I got into cycling that all changed and now I’m into challenges, the crazier the better.

Last year one of the groups I rode with posted that they were doing a double century challenge.  It was going to take place on the weekend.  It was 2 days, Saturday and Sunday.  My friend asked me if I would go and this crazy challenge sounded like fun.  

We met up in the morning and took some pics before we started.  Besides me there was one other woman there.  It was a fairly small group of about a dozen of us.  The ride started out flat but there were hills after the first 20 or so miles. The first day we did 100 miles with about 3,000 feet of elevation.  I averaged 18.3mph.

We were hoping for a flatter ride that second day but there was no such luck.  The route called for another 100 miles with over 3,000 feet of elevation.  That morning it seemed impossible but challenges are all about making the impossible a possibility.  It wasn’t easy but I got myself through it.  After about 80 or so miles I started to lose it and I was falling back.  Everyone waited for me at a turn but I couldn’t go on.  One of the guys stayed with me.  I went into my jersey pocket for my secret weapon that I’d been saving for just that moment, a gel with 100mg of caffeine.  I took that gel and a few miles later I started flying.  I’d been dropped by the main group and the rest of the group was scattered.  Slowly I caught up to one of the groups and was happy to have the company. They didn’t have the same surge of energy that I did so I left them behind.  I flew all the way back on my own.  At the last moment the main group caught up to me.  They took a turn that I presumed to be a glitch in the route.  I made up the miles in that neighborhood to get the even century.  I wound up averaging 17.3mph that day.

After the challenge we had a nice meal and we were awarded medals.   That was one of the toughest challenges I ever faced and I’m happy that I showed myself what I’m made of by getting through it.  I have a saying and it goes like this: When your mind gives up your body will follow but if your body gives up just add some food!  

Remember that anything is possible that you put your mind to and if you fuel your body it will do whatever it is that you want it to do.

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