I used to be a runner. I ran long distances – pretty often, pretty fast. I actually won a 50 mile race once. But I don’t run much anymore, just enough to remember how and to get ready for cross season. Now I ride my bike and I love it; on Sunday I rode my bike for 5 ½ hours.
The Test of Endurance was HARD. 8,300 feet of climbing over 50 miles; gravel road climbs, slippery as snot muddy descents, 2 laps, 4 gels, a bottle of Perpetum sludge, and a smile as I crossed the finish line. Wow – that was tough.
I have run more marathons than I can count on both hands, and more than a few ultras, but this race topped them all. The TOE is hard; but in some crazy sort of way, fabulous and awesome and fun.