I wanted to do 100MoN last year but didn’t. This year I decided to do it after finding out about 3 people I know being diagnosed with Cancer. One of which is a 10 year old young lady who is so brave and strong. I’d like to publicly thank them for the inspiration to finish my first century ride.
Fatty, after learning of your route I thought to myself, “Self, you can find a route that’s just as stupid as that one!” And I did! Here it is:
Yes, that’s a 10 mile loop with 1322 feet of climbing. Yes, that’s over 13,000 feet of climbing in one day when I’ve never done a century. But at least I trained well by doing no more than my regular 10 miles each way commute a few times per week for the last 3 months (with the exception of one 31 mile ride that included “the loop” to test it out). However, I said to myself, “Self, Cancer fighters don’t get to ‘train’ to fight Cancer. They find out they have it and they fight it.”
The morning of June 4th came. June 4th in Northern California is typically sunny and in the mid-eighties. So what did we get? Rain. A lot of rain. Rain all day. But again I thought about Cancer fighters. They don’t get to choose the circumstances surrounding their fight. Who am I to complain about rain?
So the day started and on my first break after 4 laps, my family came to cheer me on:
After that, how could I not complete my first century? I couldn’t. It wasn’t fast, but about 6-7 hours later I got this shot:
It was 10 total hours (8:45 on the bike) and 105 miles of Awesome!
Thanks to Kayden, Lance, and Blair for joining me, the family for supporting me, and Fatty for putting together such a ridiculous event.
But most of all, thanks to all of you who fight Cancer. You inspire us with your courage.
– Charles D