This year we looked outside at the 35+ mph winds and decided that we’d rather ride the tandem on the trainer in the garage. In honor of IronFatty and IronRunner, we decided to ride our 100 miles as a tribute to the triathlon disciplines of swim-bike-run.
Or, in order of the movies we watched, bike-run-swim. We tapped out the first 33 miles to the movie “Ride the Divide,” about the world’s toughest mountain bike race. One of our awesome 100MoN items (thanks TwinSix!) was a certificate to view this film on May 8th. The people associated with the film hope to raise at least $100,000 for LiveStrong. We really enjoyed this film as the riders pedaled the 2700 miles along the Great Divide from Banff, Canada to the Mexican border. It was hard to watch riders reaching their limits and abandoning the race. And it was great to see others push on to the end, especially the first women finisher. We highly recommend watching this film!
With the bike portion done, we started “Run For Your Life,” the story of the New York Marathon and Fred Lebow. I was particularly touched toward the end, when Fred at age 60 already living on borrowed time after his diagnosis of brain cancer finishes the race for the fist time (he’d directed it for years and thus hadn’t raced in it) … accompanied the entire way by Grete Waitz (nine time NY marathon winner). Just like Elden and Lisa at Ironman St George, they crossed the finish line together.
Next, the swim. There are not many swim movies. We chose “On a Clear Day,” about a redundant shipyard worker who attempts to swim the English Channel and tackles his personal demons in the process.
So another 100 Miles of Nowhere completed! Thank you again, Elden, for helping us to remember what is important and why we fight. I continue to be inspired by your words to “Fight with focus, creativity, outrageous endurance, and kindness.” Mike and I will be raising money again this year for Livestrong, and we will be joining Philly Jenn in Philadelphia.
And we will ride again next year for the fourth annual 100 Miles of Nowhere.
– Jacqueline C.