Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Going Nowhere

I have signed up to ride 100 Miles of Nowhere with the Fat Cyclist.


What is the 100 Miles of Nowhere?  Well, it is a race where you ride on your rollers, trainer, or on a very small course for 100 miles.  And it is probably the only race I will ever enter where I am guaranteed to win my division (my division currently is the "Short and Spunky Girl from Caratunk", but I am open to entering another division if any of you want to make one up for me).

Actually, Fatty describes this race best I think:
The 100 Miles of Nowhere is a race without a place. It’s an event in which hundreds of people participate ....all by ourselves....the profits from your entry go to LiveStrong, to help them as they help people, worldwide, in their battles against cancer.
Yeah, that is right, I am going to ride my bike, 100 miles, and go absolutely nowhere.

Why would I do this?  Because it is so completely and utterly, ridiculous, I couldn't find a good reason not to sign up.  I also think that it proves beyond all reasonable doubt that I have absolutely no common sense.

The proceeds from the registration for this ride raises money for an organization that unites, inspires and empowers people affected by cancer.  So really, who can pass up a chance to "give cancer the finger," (as Fatty says) and help the Livestrong Foundation help people in their battle with cancer.

So what if a little suffering and boredom is involved on my part.

I, of course, have to make things slightly more complicated by having double booked myself that weekend.  Luckily, the date of the race to nowhere is flexible, since it is it really just me racing, I can do it whenever I want.  The official ride day is May 8 - which also happens to be the day of my first sprint tri of the season, The Polar Bear Triathlon.  I can't miss the chance to remind myself that I should have swam more this winter, so I plan on doing the ride the day after the triathlon, May 9th.

Yup, I do not have a brain cell in sight when it comes to challenges.  But I figure, since I have my division win locked, I can do it whenever I want, and it doesn't really matter how slow I am or how many breaks I take.

My route will either be on a trainer watching 4-6 movies, or riding around the Caratunk Loop 48 times, or, a little of both.  I will hate either my trainer or the Caratunk Loop at the end of this, I am sure.  Just to make it fun, I think I might let my blog followers choose my poison - what do you guys think?

Another thing - this will be my first century ride. I don't know what is wrong with me.  I always thought my first century ride would be along a planned route with gorgeous scenery to distract me, and that I would actually go somewhere on the ride.  I guess I will have to save that for my second century ride. 

For a little window into what I plan on doing, here is a great video made by Noodle, a participant last year:


100 Miles of Nowhere from Noodle on Vimeo.

2 comments:

Big Daddy Diesel said...

it takes alot to leave me speechless, and, well... Im speechless.

I am a trainer FREAK and I can not phatom a century on a trainer, not in one bit. You are my new hero. Sooooo.... to live up to the name of the race, my vote is that is has to be on the trainer. 48 miles outside is going somewhere.

HA, I am still shaking my head, wow, your a rockstar.

Caratunk Girl said...

I am still shaking my head too. Really, what is wrong with me? I am leaning toward the trainer because the race report would be kind of fun...Here is a picture of mile 25. And mile 50. Ha.