This is it, your opportunity to brag about that loooong hike, grueling ride that left you sore for days, or 6 hour rowing activity that made your shoulders scream. What has your longest activity been?
I'm still new to running so my longest activity was a 12K race this past Sunday. For a while I thought 5K was my ceiling but I've recently begun to realize I'm capable of a lot more than I thought. I look forward to building on this success in the months to come.
Hey Craig, congrats on your most recent 12k, that's awesome! How long ago did you start running and what got you into it?
There's no better feeling than realizing that you can accomplish so much more than you ever believed you were capable of. I used to view ultra-endurance athletes as semi-Gods, but now I'm realizing we're all just ordinary people who don't limit ourselves to believing that we are capable of doing extraordinary things! Keep striving!
My longest run was the London marathon back in 2016, took me 5 hours as annoyingly I got cramps half way.
This was followed by my longest ride at 85k 2 months later.
However the most interesting was a relay race across the the length of the UK, a couple of weeks after the ride. I made a route of the Scottish section I did, I didn't do the entire thing as there were 5 of us!
Kudos on all of your amazing accomplishments! You're a solid runner and cyclist to have done those activities. I've never experienced cramps while running but I'm terrified of that happening. I've always wanted to do a relay race, I have quite a few friends and coworkers who have reported really positive things about them, regardless of whether they were runs/rides. How many legs of the race of the length of the UK did you do, just 1? That must have been nerve-wracking, yet exhilarating! Got any other endurance-type events planned for next year?
I did 3 legs of it, each was 5k (although I remember we were one short so I might've done another). It was 24 hours a day but we got a reasonable ending just before midnight before handing off to another team. As it was Scotland and far up north, sun down was 10:30pm so we didn't need our headtorches. I think we did the 900+miles in 7 days or so.
Nothing major like that planned but I am slowly working through a challenge to complete all 60 Parkrun's in London. So far I've done 23.
I'm incredibly giddy just thinking about a multi-day, multi-person adventure like that! I've often resorted to planning things on my own but it's probably way more fun when you have others to support you and to spend time with. Thanks so much for sharing that, you're really inspirational! Keep us posted on your parkrun challenge! 💪
Those are some massive, incredibly impressive efforts! Truly hard to comprehend, wow! The ride across Canada sounds absolutely amazing, do you have those rides on Strava? Did you ride it alone? I'm so curious about the planning that goes into such a long journey and how to figure out all the logistics, nutrition, lodging (if you're camping or not). I'd love to do something very long and elaborate like that someday, too!
Yup all those rides are on Strava. I did the cross Canada ride with Tour du Canada (Cycling Canada) a mix of camping and indoor stays They carried our tents etc. This year myself and two others rode from Dawson to Tuktoyaktuk completely self supported carrying all our gear for camping, cooking etc. That was a 980 k ride with most of it 880 k on gravel.