100 Miles of Nowhere Race Report: Winner of the left-handed 50 year old cancer survivor who lives on Ivy Drive in Simpsonville, SC Division

06.20.2013 | 8:08 am

A Note from Fatty: I plan to post a few 100MoN race reports today, so you may want to check back a few times.

100 Miles of Nowhere Race Report: Winner of the left-handed 50 year old cancer survivor who lives on Ivy Drive in Simpsonville, SC Division

by Jerry Pringle

I would like to begin my race report for the 2013 edition of the 100 Miles of Nowhere by thanking Fatty for setting the whole thing up, and for his commitment to helping others. I am proud to say that this was my first century, and my first win of any kind (of course, I was racing in the left-handed 50 year old cancer survivor who lives on Ivy Drive in Simpsonville, SC!)

Below is the summary of the ride taken from my Garmin. I contemplated the true 100 Miles of Nowhere, in my basement on rollers, but I didn’t think I could do it without falling and hurting myself. Next I thought that I may do it on a traffic circle (too much traffic) or perhaps the bus loop at an elementary school near my house (too many tight U-turns would kill my speed.) I settled on a 7.15 mile loop around an industrial park called Donaldson Center (now called SCTAC, but no one knows it by that name!)


I brought two bikes to ride, in case I had a catastrophic mechanical breakdown on one of them. My road bike is an older Jamis Comet, which I have ridden to my previous longest distance, 56 miles at the Augusta 70.3 triathlon last September. Thus any distance over 57 miles set my new PR! My tri bike, purchased in April, is an older Cervelo P3. I have not gone over 14 miles on it either, so I went into the 100 MoN fully prepared!

Both bikes have aluminum frames, and Ultegra components (the Jamis is a 9 speed, the Cervelo a 10 speed.) Surprisingly I did not have any breakdowns, flats, or accidents! I could not be more thankful for that! While the Jamis is more comfortable, the Cervelo is faster. The Cervelo is comfortable only if you are really going hard, though – I found that riding fast on it is better than just cruising slowly. The Jamis can be ridden slowly or fast, depending on how you feel or the hills that you are climbing.

Here is a picture of my bikes:


I alternated directions for each lap – one lap clockwise, the other counterclockwise. I did this so that I wouldn’t get too bored, and to ride the uphills and downhills from both directions. I rode the first 4 laps on the Jamis, the next 4 on the Cervelo, then 3 on the Jamis and the final 3 on the Cervelo. I had an absolute blast with the race, and finished as thankful and excited as any race I have done (9 marathons, 12 halves, the 70.3 in Augusta, and several dozen 5k and 10k). I was grinning from ear to ear, and both exhausted and pumped from the effort.

I started running and biking 4 years ago, after completing treatment for lymphoma. My oncologist told me that I would have to start doing cardio workouts to burn off the effects of the chemo. I started chemo in January 2009, and finished up in June 2009 — every checkup since then has been excellent, and there have been no traces of the cancer since!

I had gotten an email from a high school classmate about raising money for Team in Training just as I was finishing up the chemo treatments (May 2009.) After checking them out, I went to an information meeting. The coach that talked about the events for that summer got choked up about running up the hill to the Iwo Jima Memorial at the Marine Corps Marathon, and I was sold! I hadn’t run more than a couple hundred yards at one time in 20 years, but I signed up that day!

I started with the plan that my coach gave us, and I have used it for every marathon since (my PR is a turtlelike 4:40, but I have finished every one with no injuries!) I finished the MCM in a shade over 6 hours, and I cannot describe the feeling of running up the hill and through the finish. Getting the very impressive MCM medal was a total blast, and to have my family, including my Mom and brother, there made it very special.

I have since completed the Chicago Marathon (on 10/10/10!) and have now become a TNT run coach for our winter teams. I honestly believe that when you sign up for any event that makes you nervous, then you commit to doing the training necessary to complete it. The downside, however, is once you have done several big events (marathons, long bike rides) and can kind of predict how they will go, you tend to neglect putting in the training.

I did take way too much food and water – I had 3 Bonk Breaker bars (ate one), 6 Poweraid gels (ate 3), 2 peanut butter, Nutella, and honey sandwiches (ate half of one), 2 gallons of water and a gallon of Gatoraid (drank 1 gal water and half the Gatoraid). I met up with some friends during lap 4, and rode with them for a mile or so, but for the rest of the day I was alone. I had a great time, and again, thank you Fatty for all you have done and continue to do! I look forward to doing this event next year and beyond!



  1. Comment by Daniel Weise | 06.20.2013 | 8:43 am

    Congratulations on winning your division and for being cancer free for the past 4 years! Great report. Glad I wasn’t competing in your division.

  2. Comment by Clancy | 06.20.2013 | 9:01 am

    Very inspirational – great work!!

  3. Comment by Davidh-Marin,ca | 06.20.2013 | 9:47 am

    Great report Jerry, and congratulations on your WIN! I have it on good authourity (Leroy’s dog) that Fatty has your medal on it’s way to you.

    Nice elevation numbers for an industrial park.

  4. Comment by Eric T. | 06.20.2013 | 11:15 am

    From a fellow TNT Coach – GO TEAM!!!

  5. Comment by Andy@WDW | 06.20.2013 | 11:21 am

    Awesome job! That’s a lot of climbing for going nowhere. Congrats on being cancer free for 4 years, and congrats on a great 100MON win!

  6. Comment by Sara | 06.20.2013 | 11:56 am

    Great job! …and it’s better to be too prepared than not enough. :)

  7. Comment by RodNeeds2Ride | 06.20.2013 | 12:02 pm

    I’ll eat your other PB,M&H!

    Great write-up, congratulations!

  8. Comment by RodNeeds2Ride | 06.20.2013 | 12:03 pm

    Oh and LEFTIES RULE!

  9. Comment by Christy S. Lube | 06.20.2013 | 4:56 pm

    Awesome!! My husband rides around Donaldson most Tuesday nights :) Small world!

  10. Comment by Jerry Pringle | 06.20.2013 | 8:45 pm

    Hi Everyone! Thanks so much for the comments! I continue to be inspired by people like you who band together for something as awesome and crazy as this. Proud to have participated, can’t wait for the medal (!), and lefties do rule! One of these days I will make it over to Donaldson on a Tuesday…

  11. Comment by Scotty | 06.21.2013 | 12:44 pm

    Congratulations. As a 44 year old and much heavier fatty cyclist who just started cycling nearly 2 years ago I am inspired by your story.

  12. Comment by Campers Journal | 07.2.2013 | 6:20 am

    The representation of a old cancer as it appears in this blogs has provided a new wind of fresh air in the matter. This is a keeper! Good info! Congratulations again on a good job fatty.


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