One of the things on my bucket list to do is to ride in Calvin's Challenge. Calvin's Challenge is a twelve hour bike race held every year, the first Saturday in May, in Springfield, Ohio. The idea is simple. You ride for twelve hours and whoever has the most miles wins. From past events if I want to be near the top I have to ride over 200 miles in that time.
I used to ride the bike a lot. This year has been horrible. The gout earlier this year destroyed my ability to do a lot of things. The effects of the gout are totally gone. I was surprised that it took almost two months to get back to normal.
Calvin's Challenge is in 283 days, May 5, 2018. That is enough time to get ready for the race. I may not be in the kind of shape to win it but if I start training now I will be in better shape and I can finish with a respectable result.
To be honest I have little chance to win. I would love to get over two hundred miles. I've ridden centuries before (100 miles) but that was when I was much younger. With the time available to me for training I think competing at this and riding two hundred miles is within the realm of possibility.