100 Miles of Nowhere: Fort Worth Duathlon Edition

06.21.2013 | 8:40 am

I started reading this blog around the time of last year’s 100 MoN. I thought to myself, those people are nuts. But, as I started riding more and learned more about why this event came to be, I decided that this was something I had to do. Having never ridden 100 miles to anywhere, I figured that riding 100 miles to nowhere was as good a place to start as any.

The Plan

My original plan was a triathlon to nowhere, but I’m not cool enough to know anyone with an Endless Pool, so I settled on a duathlon—95 miles of riding on a trainer with 5 miles of running on a treadmill. I thought it would be nice to get off the bike occasionally, so I would ride 19 miles and run a mile. Repeat, repeat, repeat, repeat and done. With low resistance on the trainer and high gear on my bike, the day should be downright delightful. The best laid plans…



I wasn’t able to ride on the official race date, so I started riding the morning of Sat. May 25th. I was caffeinated and ready.

(What more do you need?)

(Gaining inspiration from those who have gone before)

This was a terrible idea

Somewhere around mile 21 or so, I realized, I’m not in running shape, which left my legs tired. So, I quickly went from smiling…


To seriously reconsidering life choices…


Settling in

Because I told several people I was doing this have immense willpower and resolve, quitting was not an option. At some point, I settled into a rhythm of bike, transition and run.

(Shoes still clipped in…I hear it’s a thing.)


I finished 100 miles in 8:46:00, winning my division and setting a new course record. The winning time included the unsanctioned and unofficial 3 rd event of sitting on the couch complaining. I daresay it was my strongest event.

(It’s important to refuel after a strenuous effort.)

What I learned

  1. I only hate running when I’m doing it. Sitting here at my computer, a run sounds pretty good
  2. You can only drink so much orange Gatorade
  3. Running in bike shorts is awkward, at best
  4. Anyone who would participate in such an event is the best kind of crazy
  5. I will never do this event again…indoors

Thank you to Fatty for putting on this event year after year and to all the swag-givers for giving swag. This was an awesome experience…I can’t wait for next year!


  1. Comment by rich | 06.21.2013 | 8:58 am

    “I only hate running when I’m doing it” great quote!
    Thanks for sharing this

  2. Comment by Heidi | 06.21.2013 | 9:31 am

    Rich beat me to it!

  3. Comment by davidh-marin,ca | 06.21.2013 | 9:40 am

    Dear Ms. Anonymous:

    Great story and great pictures. Shiner Bock 22oz?
    You can understand after your effort how Fatty only did the trainer one year, inside.

    Looking forward to next year’s story…100MoN around the old stockyards?

  4. Comment by Jeff Bike | 06.21.2013 | 10:07 am

    Ah a purest, on an indoor trainer. Of course in Ft Worth at this time of year, indoors in the air-conditioning is not a bad idea. I’m sure you will enjoy the company of the rest of those who are “the best kind of crazy”. Well done.

  5. Comment by Stef | 06.21.2013 | 10:09 am

    Oops, guess I forgot to put my name! It was a Blue Moon, but Shiner Bock would have been just as refreshing. I would love to ride around the Stockyards! I’ll have to think about that for next year…

  6. Comment by Tom in Albany | 06.21.2013 | 10:10 am

    Excellent report. I am in envy of your refueling, given I’m sitting here at my desk thinking a run might be fun…

  7. Comment by Andy@WDW | 06.21.2013 | 11:30 am

    Stef, great write up! Thanks for sharing! I love learning #4, “Anyone who would participate in such an event is the best kind of crazy”. Too true!

  8. Comment by Brenda Larson | 06.21.2013 | 8:44 pm

    Awesome blog, my sweet niece!! I’m so proud of you on more levels than “just” this experience! Keep doing your “thang!!” Love you, girlie!!!!!

  9. Comment by buckythedonkey | 06.22.2013 | 2:29 am

    Congratulations! I feel very honoured that you watched my video for inspiration: 100MoN, London 2009. I really ought to do it again!


  10. Comment by Nancy_in_MN | 06.22.2013 | 7:30 am

    Love this: “unsanctioned and unofficial 3rd event of sitting on the couch complaining”. Too funny!

    And are those Honey Stinger Fritters in that basket beside the delicious beverage?

    Mmmm, Honey Stinger Fritters……..


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