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73.0 miles in 5:37.  Close enough to 75.0 miles for me – I’m done!


I feel like I spent the entire day on the bike.  I’m not saying that running a marathon is easy (because 26.2 miles on foot is never easy), but I swear that cycling long distances is the hardest physical thing I’ve ever done.  I bet other people think that cycling is easier – it’s funny how all of our bodies approach activities differently!


I’ll do a recap of my ride tonight at dinner… Until then, I need to refuel.



  • Nicole @ Making Good Choices April 27, 2010, 4:21 pm

    Wow, you were basically on your bike the entire time I was at work today! I can’t imagine doing that for a even a fraction of a second, you go girl 😉

  • Julie @ Wearing Mascara April 27, 2010, 4:22 pm

    You go girl!

  • Heather (Heather's Dish) April 27, 2010, 4:22 pm

    get your refuel on! that’s a crazy distance 🙂 i’m the opposite…i can ride for hours, but running kills my ass…:)

  • Tonyne @ Unlikely Success Story April 27, 2010, 4:22 pm

    You are amazing. That is all. Great job!

  • Marissa April 27, 2010, 4:22 pm

    Wow!!! Go you!!

  • Laura@FindingAHealthyBalance....after a 100+ Pound weight loss!!! April 27, 2010, 4:23 pm

    WOW, congrats! That is a great accomplishment! =)

    Yes, REFUEL well, I didn’t after a 6.3 mile straight (non-stop) run on Sunday and I paid for it after…..=(

  • Jessica @ How Sweet April 27, 2010, 4:24 pm

    Badass! Great job!

  • Jo April 27, 2010, 4:25 pm

    Wow, 5 and a half hours on a bike is mental, well done!

  • Kristin April 27, 2010, 4:25 pm

    Yowzers! That’s amazing! Isn’t it amazing how many caloried biking burns? I am always famished after a bike ride!

  • Julie @savvyeats April 27, 2010, 4:25 pm

    Congrats!! I am one of those people who finds biking to be easier than running (easiER, not easy!)… but then again, my knees won’t let me run!

  • Emmanuelle April 27, 2010, 4:25 pm

    WOW! no need to say more 🙂

  • Jessica April 27, 2010, 4:26 pm

    you are EPIC!! you are AMAZING! you are my ROLE MODEL!!!

    Thank you for things you dont realize you have done.

  • Danielle April 27, 2010, 4:27 pm

    By woah you must mean wow, right?! YOU ROCK! Enjoy making up for just how much with lots of delicious food 😉

  • Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope April 27, 2010, 4:27 pm

    haha you’re so awesome and yes, epic!

  • Sarah for Real April 27, 2010, 4:27 pm

    WOW! I’m so excited for you. I was following your updates on twitter. Congratulations! Can’t wait for the recap…

  • Ali April 27, 2010, 4:28 pm

    wow!!!! you are epic! congrats on such an amazing athletic accomplishment!! enjoy refueling 🙂

  • Claire April 27, 2010, 4:28 pm

    Wow, good for you! Your level of personal motivation never ceases to amaze me.

  • Jojo April 27, 2010, 4:29 pm


  • Graze With Me April 27, 2010, 4:29 pm

    Wow, you are a craz-ay lady!!

    Now go eat the kitchen.

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers April 27, 2010, 4:31 pm

    Congrats!!! Go EAT!! 🙂

  • Freya @ Brit Chick Runs April 27, 2010, 4:31 pm

    WOW good job!! I seriously admire your dedication; impressive!!

  • Meg @ Be Fit Be Full April 27, 2010, 4:33 pm

    Um, Woah is right! Congrats on your ride!

  • Kim B April 27, 2010, 4:33 pm

    You’re amazing! What an accomplishment!

  • Lynne April 27, 2010, 4:33 pm

    Wow – that’s amazing! 🙂

  • Kacy April 27, 2010, 4:34 pm

    Awesome job!!

  • Kelly April 27, 2010, 4:36 pm

    Congrats! I kept checking back in on twitter and being like AHHH she is still biking!?! I really don’t know how you did that but I’m seriously impressed. I don’t know which would be physically harder for me (probably the running because I’d get injured) however i’d much RATHER run a marathon than be on a bike that long haha

  • Jenna April 27, 2010, 4:37 pm

    Holy smokes, lady! GOOD JOB! I can’t wait to read the recap.

  • betsy April 27, 2010, 4:37 pm

    holyshit thats a long bike ride. WTG!

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg April 27, 2010, 4:39 pm

    That is a LONG time on a bike!! Great work!

  • Claire April 27, 2010, 4:41 pm

    So inspiring you are!

  • Camille April 27, 2010, 4:46 pm

    Wow! You are an all-star!

  • Lisa April 27, 2010, 4:48 pm

    I am reluctant to make a comparison quite yet. I’ll know which is easier in a few weeks. LOL

  • Shawna @ Balancing Me April 27, 2010, 4:58 pm

    Great job, Caitlin!

  • Cyclist Kate April 27, 2010, 4:58 pm


    I’m one of those people who would rather ride 75 miles than go on a 10 mile hike. Don’t know what it is–just love being on the bike!

  • kalli@fitandfortysomething April 27, 2010, 5:00 pm

    awesome job caitlin!

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) April 27, 2010, 5:09 pm

    Caitlin….YOU are epic. Nuff said.

  • danielle April 27, 2010, 5:15 pm

    congrats! i am trying to run a a marathon this year, i’ve done centuries on my bicycle before and they didn’t feel hard, but running really taxes me.

  • Sam (My Sugar Obsession) April 27, 2010, 5:16 pm

    congrats! YOU ARE MY HERO!!!

  • Erin (Travel, Eat, Repeat) April 27, 2010, 5:20 pm

    That is A-MAZING! Wow! Definitely get your eat on. 😀

  • Cristin April 27, 2010, 5:22 pm

    Great work!!

  • Lauren @ eater not a runner April 27, 2010, 5:23 pm

    Wow that is amazing!!

  • Emily April 27, 2010, 5:27 pm

    Wow! That’s great! You go Caitlin. We just rode 50 miles yesterday for our century training.

  • Kelly @ healthy Living With Kelly April 27, 2010, 5:28 pm

    You are a rockstar! Hands down, no questions asked…rockstar!

  • John April 27, 2010, 5:29 pm

    Nice ride! I like running better as only my legs hurt during it. My legs,butt and hands hurt when biking long.

  • Laura April 27, 2010, 5:35 pm

    Instead of one of my huuuge comments, one word: RESPECT. Care to take a flight over the pond and be my personal/motivational trainer?!!! I’ll pay you in Cadbury’s chocolate and Guinness!

    • Caitlin April 27, 2010, 5:36 pm

      um yes!!!

  • Jen April 27, 2010, 5:38 pm

    Awesome job!

  • Nikee April 27, 2010, 5:43 pm

    you are amazing!!!

  • Wendy April 27, 2010, 5:47 pm

    You. Are. Amazing. I mean, it would take over an hour to DRIVE that far! And you did on a BIKE. WOAH is right!

  • eatingRD April 27, 2010, 5:49 pm

    Yowza, you rock! And the best part . . . FOOD!!!! love that feeling! Most of my rides are powered by the thought of what I’m going to make and eat when I get back ha! The longest so far for me is 50 miles, and I need to adjust my new bike a bit more b/c my shoulders were saying ouch on the last one. Hoping for 65 mi this weekend 🙂

  • Michele April 27, 2010, 5:50 pm

    Holy cow, you are amazing!!

  • Johanna B April 27, 2010, 5:54 pm

    70 + miles. Wow. You are my hero.

  • Amanda (Amanda "runs") April 27, 2010, 5:56 pm

    YAY YOU!!! THAT’S KILLER! (literally) Indulge a bit with some chocolate. Or Chobani. (My teacher loves the stuff now!)

    You, Caitlin, are Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!!

  • Amanda April 27, 2010, 6:02 pm

    WOW!!! you are truly amazing. congrats! I am scared to run 13 miles on Sunday and you just biked 75!!!

  • ~Jessica~ April 27, 2010, 6:02 pm

    I *definitely* don’t think that cycling is easier than running. Words can’t express how proud I am of you and how proud you should be of yourself.

    Three words for you: simply. the. best. (and if you want another five, how about ‘better than all the rest!’)

  • Lisa (bakebikeblog) April 27, 2010, 6:04 pm

    Great work girl 🙂 Awesome effort!

  • Mary @ What's Cookin' with Mary April 27, 2010, 6:05 pm

    Great job Caitlin !! 😀 Can’t wait to read the recap.

  • kristinp April 27, 2010, 6:06 pm

    Nice job! And yes, for some of us cycling is a breeze compared to running 🙂 Last weekend I powered through 34 miles in less than two hours on my goofy 5-speed cruiser, took a shower and got on with my life until I did it again the next day. Today I tried to run a single 10 minute mile and F-A-I-L-E-D. Miserably, I might add. Isn’t it weird how different bodies can be?

    Congrats again!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite April 27, 2010, 6:10 pm





  • Gina April 27, 2010, 6:11 pm

    omg, i can never imagine at any point in my life that i would be able to be on a bike for more than five hours! your amazing

  • Melinda Neely April 27, 2010, 6:12 pm

    I’ve run marathons and ridden from Seattle to Portland in a day (~180 miles) in the STP. They are BOTH hard. It’s about having fun and doing what you love.

  • Joyce April 27, 2010, 6:15 pm

    awesome, I just picked up my new bike today! Love it, and its a Giant also! I used to ride alot ( 1000+ mile trip) but life got too crazy ( kids, full time job) but now I’m back and ready!

  • Cassie @ A Very Busy Mind April 27, 2010, 6:18 pm

    DUDE. That is a LONG time to exercise! Props.

  • Kelly April 27, 2010, 6:25 pm

    You better ice your area girl!

    • Susan April 27, 2010, 8:48 pm

      Hahahaha. If there was ever a time to apply ice to that area, it would be now.

  • Rebecca @ How the Cookie's Crumble April 27, 2010, 6:28 pm

    I haven’t done a looooooong bike ride since a summer in middle school when I rode my bike all the way across Wyoming on the Oregon trail over several days. THAT was a long ride. and I’ve never done a full marathon, but I have done a half and I think biking might be easier. Guess I’ll have give it a try again as an adult! 🙂

  • Anna @ Doing Good & Living Well April 27, 2010, 6:28 pm

    Holy Moly Lady! I can’t even handle your level of awesomeness right now!! Can’t wait for the recap. 🙂

  • Kelly April 27, 2010, 6:40 pm

    You Rock!

  • Jessica @ Jessica Balances April 27, 2010, 6:40 pm

    Way to go!!! 🙂 So excited to read your recap!

  • Kathleen April 27, 2010, 7:05 pm

    Congratulations! That is amazing and such an accomplishment…now go sit on some ice 😉 jk

  • sarah (shep) April 27, 2010, 7:35 pm

    you’re in.cred.i.ble. seriously!

  • Heather (runningwithsass.com) April 27, 2010, 7:35 pm


  • ida April 27, 2010, 7:43 pm

    way to get it done!! can’t wait to read the recap.

  • Christina April 27, 2010, 8:01 pm

    You are a machine. can’t wait to read the recap!

  • Jes (Self Motivation) April 27, 2010, 8:03 pm

    Congratulations! You’re a rockstar!

  • Mary April 27, 2010, 8:06 pm

    You go girlfriend!! 🙂

  • Jessica @ WHY DONTCHA RUN April 27, 2010, 8:10 pm

    Girl, I don’t know how you do it! Lookin’ forward to the full recap. Tell me… do you end up talking to yourself after all that time alone? 😉 hehe

  • Teacherwoman April 27, 2010, 8:17 pm

    Nice job, Caitlin!

  • ari April 27, 2010, 8:24 pm

    holy crap that is SO long to be on a bike. you crazy. but an inspiration!

  • Amanda April 27, 2010, 8:34 pm

    Wow Caitlin! Such an inspiration!! Can’t wait to read all the details. EPIC.

  • Susan April 27, 2010, 8:46 pm

    Whoa indeed!! Like, whoa!! It feels like you spent all day on a bike because you DID spend all day on a bike!! You are going to be refuelling for the rest of the week 😉 Can’t wait to hear all the details!

  • Carolina John April 27, 2010, 9:21 pm

    babe…. BABE….. I just posted the race report last night for my century ride on saturday. WAY harder than either marathon or the half ironman I’ve done. way way harder. yes. can’t wait to see your ride recap, i’m sure we will agree on too many points.

    • HTP Dad April 28, 2010, 5:14 am

      Glad you finished, John – my first century was a”learning” experience too – train more, eat more, drink more and don’t try to draft people in the rain unless you a: like the taste of dirty road water or b: are just so tired you don’t care. Really – do this a few times this summer and at the end you’ll knock out a hundred miler for fun. And then there’s double and triple centuries – within 24 hours.

  • Diana @ frontyardfoodie April 27, 2010, 9:33 pm

    Holy mother. That’s a LONG ride. Way to work it. Sheesh!

  • Wei-Wei April 27, 2010, 9:52 pm

    Haha that picture made me giggle. CONGRATULATIONS! You’re awesome! I can’t wait to read the recap! 😀


  • diana@mymarblerye April 27, 2010, 9:53 pm

    holy f** %^&^&$&%$ &*^*^*^* Did I mention I curse like a sailor? that’s probably the amount of cardio I need for the massive amount of chocolate I’ve been consuming. Great job!

  • Lara (Thinspired) April 27, 2010, 10:05 pm

    You continue to amaze me! EPIC! 😉

  • Amber K @ sparkpeople April 27, 2010, 10:08 pm

    Ok, so question for you and those who do things like this. What runs through your mind during FIVE HOURS on a bike? I can’t imagine doing something like that and I’m so curious!

    • Caitlin April 27, 2010, 10:15 pm

      i try to zone out!

  • HTP Dad April 28, 2010, 5:07 am

    GAAAK! No wonder you were bored to death and it seemed like it took forever! No scenery, no one to talk to, and doing laps of the same route! Long distances are much more fun with company, in interesting places and needing to pay attention to where you’re going- navigating. Granted, sometimes the company devolves to singing old sitcom theme shows, the scenery involves an overwhelming smell of orange blossoms and “navigating” means ten extra miles while you’re lost, but it can also be interesting conversations about geology, truly beautiful views and the joy of NOT getting lost for even 100 yards! Laps – yuck – all the work, none of the fun.

  • Dominique April 28, 2010, 6:07 pm

    Congrats on the 73 miles–that’s quite an accomplishment! I couldn’t imagine riding even 1/4 of that. You’re such a superstar!!

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