Couple of months ago, I registered for NTU bike rally 2014. I registered 12 weeks before the rally and trained for the first 7 weeks. The best distance I covered was 50 km and then my cycling partner went for a trip. I stopped training and was a bit worried if I could complete the rally, but I did. The rally had 138 km and 188 km options and I took 138 km for obvious reasons. I covered the distance in around 9.5 hours.
The volunteers were really helpful directing us at all the turns with a pleasant smile. Every checkpoint had bananas, buns, lots of water and isotonic drinks. Cycling was fine for the first 90 kms, and then the pain started surfacing. I took a 45 minute break at the last checkpoint to recharge myself for the last 35 kms.
It was a fun day. There were a lot of amateur cyclists, like me, trying hard to finish the 138 km mark, encouraging and cheering for each other.
P.S: Photo Courtesy: Yu XinXing and NTu Bike Rally 2014 organizers