Last year, right around cyclocross Natz time, Kurt Searvogel, broke the distance record for cycling in a year. He rode a tad over 76000 miles. 76076 to be exact. But that record is under siege.
Down in Florida, Amanda Coker is riding her bike everyday. Like all day, everyday, for the past 246 days. She is riding a long ways, a long time and pretty unbelievably fast. Take yesterday for example.
Amanda rode close to 242 miles in 11 hours and 35 minutes. That is a 20.8 mph average. And she has been doing pretty much something like this for 2/3 rd’s of a year.
She has already broken the women’s one year distance record for cycling. She did that in 4 months. Think she might be putting that record out of touch for a long time.
If you do 240 miles a week, you’re gonna have a 12, 400 mile year. But she is doing that many days. I think, so far, she has averaged about 228 miles per day, so she is on schedule to ride over 83,000 miles for the year. That is 7 thousand miles further than Kurt.
I am baffled. Impressed immensely, but baffled. There are so many parts of this that is crazy.
I’ve never ridden 240 miles in a day in my life. Not even close. And here is a girl that is riding close to that everyday for months upon months. And she is averaging over 20 mph. The speed is nearly more impressive than the distance.
I’m sure she must be riding in a group most of the days. I can’t see an average speed that high without other riders. But even so, 11 + hours a day on a bike, you’d think the speed would drop.
I don’t understand how she can eat enough food to do this. It has to be close to 10000 calories a day. Man, it is amazing.
Plus, her heart rate is super low. Yesterday her pulse was 114 bpm average. That was for nearly riding 21 mph for 11.5 hours. Pretty impressive.
I’m not sure why the regular cycling media has been following this more closely. It is worthy.
Anyway, I’d like to go down there and ride with her some. I actually plan on it. I am pretty sure I couldn’t do a whole day with her. Not without training a ton. She just has less than 3 months left. I’d better get fit soon.