Summit4CAD Founder and Executive Director Jon Patrick Hyde has successfully reached his goal of cycling 20,000 miles (50 miles/day) for the 12 month period between May, 2018 and April 2019. Jon crossed the 20,000 mile threshold on April 24, 2019.
Jon successfully completed a large mountain summit course on May 5th, 2018 and started an intense daily mileage routine after.
“After cycling Mt. Lemmon in Arizona last May (May 5th, 2018), I was a little discouraged with my performance climbing that mountain. I had dealt with having to ride indoors for nearly a month due to poor air quality from the Thomas Fire and I never really got back on track. As a result I found Mt. Lemmon to be as challenging as Mt. Haleakala. And by the numbers it’s half as difficult. I knew I needed to get refocused and dedicate myself to some intense training.”
Consulting with his cardiologist, a nutrition consultant, and a sports medicine physiology expert, Jon decided to spend the summer of 2018 focused on increasing his endurance capacity.
“One thing sort of led to another. I was focused on pushing myself to increase my endurance and shortly I realized that if I kept the pace up I could really set a new record for myself in mileage cycled for a year. When I hit 10,000 miles at 6 months in I knew that 20,000 miles was doable.”
Central California experienced a mild winter and this provided Jon the days he needed cycling outdoors to keep his mileage on track. By switching up the bicycle he rode, choosing the bike to fit the weather conditions, he was able to ride through the rainy winter season without missing but a handful of days.
“My bicycle sponsor, Eagle Bicycles, sent me this awesome carbon fiber 29er mountain bike and it became my go-to ride for bad weather. I rode through some gnarly weather safely and with confidence on that bike. I would have missed a lot more days if not for it.”
“Once I got through to 9 months I realized that my body had changed dramatically. My huge, heavy sprinter/time trial legs were now thinner, leaner, and better able to go long distances.”
Endurance sports are often a high-wire act, balancing health benefits with the harm that can come from overworking yourself. To make sure that his message of cycling for health benefits doesn’t get overshadowed by his adherence to pushing his physical limits; Jon has been very vocal about how his 20,000 mile goal should be viewed.
“I’ve had to work really hard to avoid harming myself. I’ve worked with an exercise physiologist to ensure I don’t develop repetition injuries. I’ve paid really close attention to my diet. I started taking branched chain amino acids and electrolytes on my rides to ensure my muscles recover optimally. And I have had to fight exhaustion. This shouldn’t be attempted by anyone without the assistance and approval of qualified medical professionals. That being said, if you want to push yourself to the limits of your physical abilities; I’m a 49 year old heart attack survivor who has successfully done it. I fully believe that if I can do it, you can too.”
When questioned by cyclists and non-cyclists as to why he’d attempt such an ambitious mileage goal Jon has said,
“I truly believe that although genetics can set certain limitations for us or can set us up to develop certain conditions and/or diseases; I am living proof that our minds can be just as powerful in determining if we surrender to our genetics or fight to push ourselves beyond.
No one in my family had ever beat the Widowmaker. And no one in my family before me had worked as hard as I have to beat it. Without thinking about my heart for I was solely focused on alleviating back pain; I made a series of deliberate lifestyle choices that not only addressed my back pain issues but they prepared me to survive a massive heart attack. That’s always been the message of Summit4CAD; if this happened to me it can happen to you.
Don’t gamble with your life. Know your risk and make choices to live a healthier life. There are NO limitations except those that you chose to accept for yourself. I wanted to see if I could do mileage on par with what an active professional cyclist half my age does… And I met that goal.”
Jon’s stats for the 12 months between May 2018 and April 2019 are below.
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“HEY! I hope it’s beautiful wherever you are.
No excuses! GO RIDE A BIKE!!!”
~ Jon Patrick Hyde