We Rode 844 Miles In 2 Days, Bike Race Iceland
A friend of mine as me to join him in a relay race for charity in Iceland. The next thing he told me was that we were going to race around in the entire country (844 miles) via the Golden Circle – my answer was, YES. I believe that living a healthy and fulfilled life is about saying yes when your mind says no. There are no limitations to the goals and dreams that we all have. I could have easily passed on this trip because of work, home life or any other excuse that I could come up with. I said YES and it opened my eyes up to a beautiful country and was challenging both physically and mentally.
In addition to riding a bike with limited breaks for 54 hours, I drove the RV with manual transmission when I wasn’t on the bike. I haven’t driven a car with a stick since high-school. When you consider the sleep deprivation and exhausting rides, this made the race that much tougher. I chose to ride the last 18 miles of our trip both solo and with a group of 4 during the last leg. This was such a humbling and fulfilling experience.
A lot of my friends asked me if I was training or cycling over the last few years. My answer is that I was active. When I’m not doing HIT training, I’m generally on my bike at home. A few months out, I started to get a lot of miles on my road bike. This helped me train for long periods of time in the bike seat. It was just enough training for me to feel comfortable. The rest of your energy, adrenaline and drive comes from the feeling of not wanting to let your teammates down. I remember riding like someone was chasing me the entire trip. You find a gear you didn’t know your had. I’ll look back at this trip and appreciate the challenge and the indescribable beauty of Iceland.
Enjoy this epic adventure through a video I created. As always, feel free to leave your comments below.