Hey I'm Nick. I do triathlons and run and swim for my school. It's important to challenge yourself and push your limits. That's when you grow as a person both physically and mentally. If it doesn't challenge you it doesn't change you. That's one of the reasons I do sports. I figured a great way to get out of my comfort zone and do something that sounded awesome was to bike 100 miles.
Step 1: Preparation
I've been running for 3 years and have been biking and swimming for a good bit longer. I have a mountain bike and a triathlon bike. I'll go to a mountain bike park with my friends and we ride around 11 miles. The longest distance I have ever gone on my triathlon bike is 40 miles, and this was last July. Since then I haven't been biking much since I've been busy with school and school sports. Since it's the summer I have a lot more free time so I can focus more on biking. While I hadn't put in the mileage I would have liked for this challenge and I don't have a patch kit ( a little risky ), I still went for it. I know that when your exercising for a long period of time you need to fuel yourself or else you will hit a wall and feel sluggish because there is no fuel in the tank. I got a banana, dried mangos, a fruit bar, a protein bar, a bottle of coconut water ( for electrolytes ), and a lot of water bottles. I put these items outside near my house so I could come back to them during the ride and refuel.
Step 2: The Start of the The Ride
After having a lot of strawberries and yogurt, I headed out at 2:50 pm and started the ride. The sky was cloudy and the temperature was in the mid 80's F. This was the beginning of the ride so I focused on keeping my back straight and arms relaxed to avoid straining my back or wrists. My parents didn't want me to venture onto main roads for safety reasons so I pedaled the miles away around my pretty big neighborhood. The only problem with biking only in my neighborhood is that my neighborhood is almost all hills.
Step 3: Thunder and Lightning
At around mile 25 some dark clouds started rolling in and within 10 minutes there was thunder and lightning everywhere. Then it started to rain. After 30 minutes the storm subsided but I was drenched and my bike and legs were dirty from riding through some mud on the road. My legs were starting to get tired but I kept on pushing.
Step 4: Fatigued Legs, a Punctured Tire, and a Good Ride
In the back of my neighborhood there were a couple of glass shards that I was watching out for because I knew that if I got a flat, the ride is over because I don't have a patch kit. I kept on pushing and my legs were definitely feeling It because I was 3 hours into the ride. My back felt good because I had been keeping it straight and not hunched over. My wrists were hurting from holding the handlebars for so long. At mile 48, what I had been hoping wouldn't happen, happened. I heard a sound coming from my front tire so I stopped to check it out. Sure enough, there was a glass shard in my tire. I picked it out and there was a inch long gash in the tube. I biked 2 miles back to my house on the flat tire and was forced to end the ride. Overall I would say I had a good ride because I pushed myself, rode through a thunderstorm, and still rode 50 miles, which is 10 more miles than I had ever gone before. Thanks for letting me tell you my story. Go out there and challenge yourself!