Stay Calm, Ride On

by jenna on May 23, 2010

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So yeah, I know I was planning on doing the 67 but then today I decided why the heck not. Go big or go home.

100 it was.

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If you asked me how I did it when I only trained for 42 miles, the answer is I don’t know. I really don’t know. I’m not going to lie, some of the comments last weekend sort of set me off a bit.
I actually made the decision pretty much the other day. I knew I hadn’t trained as much as I should have but I really wanted to stay with Caitlin and her dad. I also just wanted to bike 100 miles. So, today at the 23.5 mile marker where the metric people were supposed to split off for the shorter route, I rode on.
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And on and on and on and on. Apparently I had been training in the wrong gear set this whole time (duh, jenna) so today when Caitlin’s dad fixed it, everything suddenly seemed a lot easier. I guess training the wrong way sort of worked out to my advantage. In a really short time I was able to build up my leg muscles by training in the wrong gear and training on purely hills.
The first 40 miles were pretty easy. It was flat and I was feeling really strong and good. But then just after I proclaimed I was a baller and doing the full century, the hills began. And it got really hard. At one point I had to walk by bike up the hill while huffing and puffing on the phone with my dad. It was a moment.
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I ate and drank A TON, which helped. I’ll get to that in a minute though. First, let me progress.
So, we were pretty much dying. Caitlin and I were shouting profanities and screaming “EPIC” at the top of our lungs and then out of nowhere, the boyfriend appears in the golden chariot with waters, juices and food. I thought I was seeing things because only a few miles earlier I claimed I saw a grizzly bear but it was really a tree stump. You know.
But he was there and he totally won boyfriend of the year award. I told him I was doing the full century and he gave me a hug and told me he knew I would do it. I have a reputation for being stubborn like that.
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He then went the distance and stopped every 15 miles for our own mini rest stop, complete with food and snacks. Seriously, can we just take a moment?
We had about a 38 mile climb and then after that, it was straight cruising for the next few hours. I had a few good chats with the baby Jesus and then just whistled the Iron Will theme song for about six hours straight.
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Not gonna lie. I think I whispered “Will Stoneman” a few times through parched chapped lips.
The final 10 miles were probably the hardest for me. My legs still felt strong but y’all, my behind. It might never be the same. That’s all I’ll say about that.
We finished in about 9 1/2 hours. It was sort of insane.
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No big deal.
I’ll say though that the real reason I did this was in honor of my brother and for cancer patients who would have loved to be outside on a bike on a gorgeous day in wine country. It made me feel so incredibly thankful and blessed.
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I’ll also say that I wouldn’t have done it if I didn’t feel like I physically could. A lot of it was mental but if I felt pain or something, I would have done the planned 67. My legs felt strong and I knew I had it in me. I wasn’t giving up.
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We then did what any Olympic champion would do. We stuffed our faces with pizza. I don’t have any pictures though because that’s how fast it went from the plate into my mouth. Sorry y’all. This girl needed her carbs. FAST.
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So what did I eat on the ride?
Well let’s see………..
1 large bowl of Optimum power cereal (at 5:15 am)
1 big bagel with almond butter (at 7:30)
1 pack clif shot blox
2 hammer gels (GROSS..the only time during the day I wanted to yak)
2 clif bars
1 clif mojo bar
5 fig newtons
2 oreos
4 pringles
1/2 large baguette with blackberry jam
1 handful grapes
1/2 chicken and gruyere sandwich (thanks, boyfriend…this was at mile 83 and it brought me home)
4 bottles of Heed
about 8 bottles of water
2 bottles of gatorade
1 bottle of fruit juice
and later…..
5 slices pizza
1 large bowl Optimum power cereal
1 glass red wine
4 glasses water
And….I’m out.
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{ 365 comments… read them below or add one }

Miranda May 23, 2010 at 11:00 pm

I knew you could do it! Rock on!

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Freya @ Brit Chick Runs May 23, 2010 at 11:01 pm

Oh wow girl!! That’s amazing – you must be so proud of yourself!! 100miles, that is SUCH an amazing achievement. And what a lovely bf you have too!! That must have been amazing to see him :)
Awh seriously – such a big thing you just did, you must be thrilled. Have a great rest now!!

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Heidi Lyn May 23, 2010 at 11:18 pm

Amazing! Congratulations on being able to push yourself so far mentally and physically. You’re such an inspiration.

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Julia May 23, 2010 at 11:18 pm

You are fantastic! Congrats on the 100 miles!

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Nina May 23, 2010 at 11:19 pm

Congratulations! Awesome job!

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rj May 23, 2010 at 11:21 pm

Great job! Cool socks! Where did ya get them?!

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Sarah May 23, 2010 at 11:21 pm

well done!

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Marika May 23, 2010 at 11:23 pm

That’s so impressive that you still did the 100 miles. What an amazing accomplishment!

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Ellie May 23, 2010 at 11:24 pm

That is AMAZING. Congratulations! I can only hope that I will have an opportunity to do the same thing some day! This is an unbelievable accomplishment.

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Suzanne de Cornelia May 23, 2010 at 11:26 pm

Wow. 100?!!! WOW!!! That is SO EPIC!!! [Hope the naysayers had a good day, too. (cough)]

WHAT a TRUE GOLD BF you have!! Cheers to Caitlin and her cool DAD too!! Your post had me laughing many times. And that’s some laundry list of grub!

Am sure your brother and parents are beaming with pride. And #5 fundraiser of the Gran Fondo, too! You exceeded your goals–OUTSTANDING!!! And stepped up to and surpassed your fears–that’s courage. Couldn’t be more thrilled for you!!! Thank you so much for the inspiration!!! WELL DONE!!!

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Suzanne de Cornelia May 23, 2010 at 11:26 pm

Wow. 100?!!! WOW!!! That is SO EPIC!!! [Hope the naysayers had a good day, too. (cough)]

WHAT a TRUE GOLD BF you have!! Cheers to Caitlin and her cool DAD too!! Your post had me laughing many times. And that’s some laundry list of grub!

Am sure your brother and parents are beaming with pride. And #5 fundraiser of the Gran Fondo, too! You exceeded your goals–OUTSTANDING!!! And stepped up to and surpassed your fears–that’s courage. Couldn’t be more thrilled for you!!! Thank you so much for the inspiration!!! WELL DONE!!!

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Hayley May 23, 2010 at 11:30 pm

” Not gonna lie. I think I whispered “Will Stoneman” a few times through parched chapped lips. ”
=epic, in itself.
CONGRATS, jenna!!!!

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Julie @savvyeats May 23, 2010 at 11:32 pm

Congratulations, you rocked it!

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zoe May 23, 2010 at 11:33 pm

CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! i found your blog through caitlin’s and what you accomplished today is SO AMAZING! seriously, you’re pretty much a badass for tackling 100 miles though you didn’t necessarily train for it. talk about inspirational!

(first time commenter too :)! kind of love your blog just a little! (and by a little i really mean a lot!))

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Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) May 23, 2010 at 11:37 pm

Congrats, Jenna!! That is awesome. When they say you can’t, DO!

Love your socks. Rock on!

Jenn

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Sarah May 23, 2010 at 11:41 pm

Excellent!

Wow, I just went back and read some of those comments from last weekend. Um…really, really harsh. I trained for a marathon and couldn’t do it because it turned out I have a hip condition. I bailed the week before. But my donors never sent me nasty emails, thankfully! I would just say ‘ignore them, Jenna, they don’t know what they’re talking about’ but it’s not that easy. So instead I’ll just say, “In your face, negative commenters! She did it anyway!” Ha. Childish, but helpful?

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Kayla May 23, 2010 at 11:41 pm

Congrats Jenna! Way to go you should be very proud of yourself! I’ll think of you when I run my first marathon in june.

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Danielle May 23, 2010 at 11:43 pm

You are so ridiculously awesome Jenna! Congratulations :)

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Jackie (Peaces of Earth) May 23, 2010 at 11:44 pm

Damn girl, that is AMAZING!!!! Does your bf have a brother? You are an inspiration!!! I can’t believe you biked for 9.5 hours!!! Holy shiz. I won’t be complaining when my marathon in 2 weeks takes 5…okay, maybe just a little. CONGRATS!!!!

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Kristin May 23, 2010 at 11:56 pm

Girlfriend– so freaking happy for you. So amazing!

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The Cilantropist May 23, 2010 at 11:58 pm

Wow what an amazing and inspiring accomplishment!!! I think your great attitude is an awesome way to tackle life. You should be incredibly proud of yourself, but I am sure you know that (and if not, I am guessing your equally incredible BF already told you). :)

And you did it all in super cute socks too!

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Hillary [Nutrition Nut on the Run] May 24, 2010 at 12:00 am

Hahaha…this is an EPIC EPIC EPIC post. So much goodness. You’re a champion. And the food list…enough said. Real women EAT. It totally reminds me of Dean Karnazes. Congrats!

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Sarah May 24, 2010 at 12:05 am

WOW! You are insane! Congrats, you can be so proud of you!
And after being so perfect, I think the boyfriend deserved to be introduced to us on the blog, don’t you think?

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jenny (green food diaries) May 24, 2010 at 12:09 am

loved this post. what you did was epic and honourable. good on you.

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Pip May 24, 2010 at 12:35 am

Congratulations Jenna. I think you’ve won the respect of a lot of people today, and I hope you feel proud of yourself!

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Steph May 24, 2010 at 12:36 am

So proud of both of you! You guys are so incredibly inspiring.

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Jo May 24, 2010 at 12:42 am

You’re amazing! So is that boyfriend ;)

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Kate May 24, 2010 at 12:51 am

Fantastic work!!!

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Soriah May 24, 2010 at 12:59 am

Well Done Jenna, YOU DID IT!!!!!!!!!!! What an inspiration and now all those negative people who bagged you last weekend will have to eat their words. Ha! You showed ‘em!

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Bec May 24, 2010 at 1:01 am

Congratulations Jenna! Such a huge accomplishment, both mentally and physically.

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Lisa May 24, 2010 at 1:12 am

That’s fantastic! Good on you Jenna!

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Ellen May 24, 2010 at 1:22 am

Great job!! That is super impressive!

p.s. Over the past week, I read Sarah’s Key & The Help, both of which I really enjoyed. Also, I think you totally put Sarah’s Key on #9 of the fiction best sellers at Borders. Singlehandedly. Unless I totally overlooked it the first time I went to find it, I only found one copy in the fiction section. When I went back a week later to get another book, it was on the best sellers wall at #9. For your stats, I live in L.A. Also, the entire section of Jodi Picoult was WIPED OUT. I think you did that all by yourself girl, and that is just AMAZING!!

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Christina May 24, 2010 at 12:13 pm

I picked up Sarah’s Key at Border’s on the Best sellers shelf too! And I’m loving the book so far :)

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Sally May 24, 2010 at 1:47 am

I’ve gotta hand it to you Jenna, that is pretty Awesome. Nice work. And your bf sounds like an absolute catch.

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Rachel @ Suburban Yogini May 24, 2010 at 1:49 am

Jenna, you and Caitlin are amazing and such an inspiration. You definitely made me want to do a metric century and maybe one day even a century (although I really need to make sure I can still do 30 miles first!). Well done well done well done!!!!

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~Jessica~ May 24, 2010 at 1:51 am

Hah! That’s a brilliant response to those horrible comments you received. I’ll be honest: if I had been you, I would have curled up in a corner and cried for a week…and probably never blogged again. You dealt with them with such grace and maturity and I really hope all of those hideous people are feeling suitably humbled and guilty now.

You are a star.

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emily May 24, 2010 at 7:37 am

I think most of the people that voiced there opinions in a respectful intelligent way and should not be referred to as “hideous people”. Really? Talk about harsh. They were just being honest and some of them actually had a point.
Jenna i do think it is awesome to do as many miles as you feel comfortable with even if I do see where some of the less popular commenters are coming from.
Great job girl you completing what you said you would shows amazing character. We are all so proud of you!

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alana May 24, 2010 at 8:10 am

I agree, why is it okay for commenters to be insulted and attacked, but it is absolutely taboo to criticize the blogger?

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Julie May 24, 2010 at 9:20 am

“hideous people are feeling suitably humbled and guilty now”

Nope. The first thing that came to mind is “Awesome!!! Jenna, I’m so proud of you!” And secondly, I still feel I have the right to respectfully express my opinion. I didn’t say anything with the intention of being mean or hurting Jenna’s feelings. Frankly, I would have been more offended at the comments that went “Ignore what they say- you’re pretty!” because it implies that her actions (even positive- which there are a ton) are void because her looks supercede anything else.

Anyway, we’ve really beaten a dead horse with this one. Lets just all be happy for Jenna and her AMAZING accomplishment. I’m really proud of you, Jenna, I hope you really enjoy wine tasting today and I hope you feel as awesome as you are. Congratulations!

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eatmovelove May 24, 2010 at 10:43 am

Well said Julie.
Coming back at negative commenters with more negativity?? 2 wrongs don’t make it right. Live and let go.

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Kristie May 24, 2010 at 2:08 am

Wahoo you rocked it! You’re so inspiring, Jenna – although I’m sure you already knew that ;).

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Chaley May 24, 2010 at 2:15 am

Great job! I’ve done more than my fair share of things that people told me I couldn’t do – simply because they told me that I couldn’t ;-) Good for you doing the whole 100. You must be amazingly proud!

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aldr May 24, 2010 at 2:24 am

love it! what a day – you kicked butt, jenna! Love the food list…and the BF, well, he is a keep for sure! rest well!

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Sara Messenger May 24, 2010 at 2:31 am

Wow Jenna! That’s awesome!!! I wish I only had half of the mental motivation that you do! Congrats on your accomplishment!

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Jennie {in Wonderland} May 24, 2010 at 2:51 am

This is AMAZING! Congratulations on such an enormous accomplishment!!

I gotta say, to all the people who said you couldn’t do it, or wouldn’t, this is the best middle finger you could possibly flip in their direction. hahaha. I love it and you, Caitlin and Caitlin’s Dad are just made of awesome awesome epic WIN.

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Bridget May 24, 2010 at 2:56 am

Congratulations! I’m glad that you did the 100 miles and stayed with people who mean a lot to you. That’s one of the best motivators. Those hills are treacherous, but you tackled them!

Though it’s been said, I concur-your boyfriend is definitely a keeper!

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Christie {Honoring Health} May 24, 2010 at 3:00 am

Congratulations! That is awesome!

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nic May 24, 2010 at 3:03 am

First I have to say YOU’RE AWESOME!!!!
Congrats on the 100 miles!!!!
Now… How beautiful is this first picture!!!
I instantly fell in love with it!!!!!! Seriously!

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Jessica @ How Sweet It Is May 24, 2010 at 3:15 am

YOU ARE AMAZING JENNA!!! CONGRATS!!

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Laine May 24, 2010 at 3:16 am

Awesome accomplishment and awesome recap. And awesome boyfriend bringing you your own private rest stops.

I wonder how many miles the d-bag commenters rode this weekend?

I think you should frame the picture of you and your Wizard of Oz legs.

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KatieF May 24, 2010 at 3:24 am

Congratulations!!! Good work!

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Laura May 24, 2010 at 3:25 am

Superstar, thats what you are! I hope your derriere isn’t too painful this morning. You definitely didn’t need to prove yourself one iota to anyone, you already had my respect. Now what you have is another great achievement under your belt- for you, your brother and all those affected by cancer. Enjoy a much deserved, fun filled recovery day!

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Melissa Cari May 24, 2010 at 3:28 am

Jenna you are amazing (I’m pretty sure I write that almost every time I comment). Thanks for being an amazing role model. You rocked this.

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gabriela May 24, 2010 at 3:33 am

That is SO awesome! Specially because you didn’t even train for this distance. Congrats! Reading this post makes me want to go workout.

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NB in MG May 24, 2010 at 3:34 am

WE ALL KNEW YOU COULD DO IT!!!

ROCK ON JENNA!!!!!

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Chinye [Getting it Together] May 24, 2010 at 3:35 am

Aww Jenna congratulations on completing 100 miles! I’m happy you used people’s false opinions of you to push and challenge yourself. What an amazing accomplishment!

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lindsey May 24, 2010 at 3:41 am

JENNA YOU ARE A BADASS!! NUFF’ SAID!

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Frannie May 24, 2010 at 3:42 am

Awesome Jenna!!!!!!! You go girl!!!!

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Kelly May 24, 2010 at 3:49 am

Take THAT negative commenters.

You rock. That’s all :) (and so does your boyfriend!)

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Gina G May 24, 2010 at 3:49 am

O my goodness! Way to go girl! you are amazing!=)

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Joyce May 24, 2010 at 3:53 am

Yep, all of you Rock, including the Dad and BF! What a team!

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Anne P May 24, 2010 at 3:56 am

Girl, you rock. :) So proud of you!

Can’t wait to see you in two weeks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! xoxo

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Kendel May 24, 2010 at 4:01 am

Wow! When I read on Caitlin’s blog that you did the whole 100, I got all teary-eyed! I might not know you, but I know you well enough to be so incredibly proud it makes me want to cry! Well done on an awesome race! And can I just say…. hang on tight to the boyfriend.

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KZ May 24, 2010 at 4:09 am

Congrats!

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Melva May 24, 2010 at 4:13 am

WTG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Proud of you and love reading your blog.

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Sarah May 24, 2010 at 4:14 am

Incredible! Congratulations!

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Alison May 24, 2010 at 4:16 am

Excellent, excellent, excellent. Congratulations, Jenna!!
What a HUGE accomplishment.

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Morgan @ Life After Bagels May 24, 2010 at 4:18 am

I was shocked when I found out you were doing the full 100. I saw your tweet at I think mile 56 and figured we’d be hearing from you again soon, but we didn’t. Then I saw your 100 mile tweet and I couldn’t believe it! After all the hard things people wrote recently, this is quite the cherry on the cake. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!

PS – total boyfriend of the year!

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Lizzie May 24, 2010 at 4:19 am

No words. Just . . . .. wow.

Do one thing for yourself this week (besides rest) – get a massage!!! You have definitely earned it!! :)

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Emmanuelle May 24, 2010 at 4:23 am

EPIC! Congratulations, and take care!

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julie May 24, 2010 at 4:24 am

Girl, you are crazy insane,crazy insane in the best way possible! I love it, CONGRATS!!!

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Ginny May 24, 2010 at 4:24 am

Good job Jenna! Congratulations!!!

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Annie@stronghealthyfit May 24, 2010 at 4:27 am

Amazing, Jenna. Congratulations :-) I didn’t doubt that you could do it, it just had to be the right decision for you.

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Lindsay May 24, 2010 at 4:30 am

It’s shocking how intensely proud one can feel of someone they’ve never even met before. Rock on. You’re an incredible inspiration.

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John May 24, 2010 at 4:41 am

Wow that’s awesome you stepped up and did the 100! Congrats as you will always have this feat in the bag!

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Brynne May 24, 2010 at 4:41 am

Congratulations Jenna!

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rachael May 24, 2010 at 4:41 am

Congrats!!! What an amazing accomplishment!

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Maureen May 24, 2010 at 4:43 am

Absolutely AMAZING!!!!

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Sara @ myfancytuna.blogspot.com May 24, 2010 at 4:44 am

Ahhhh that’s so awesome! Man, you really kicked some ass. You’re such an inspiration!

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Paige May 24, 2010 at 4:44 am

I knew you would do it too. Last weekend when all of the negative comments were flying around; I was sitting there thinking, “Jenna’s going to do the 100.” Way to go, woman!!!

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Sarah May 24, 2010 at 4:52 am

YOU ROCK!!

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Rachel May 24, 2010 at 4:52 am

Wait, what’s that sound?? Is that the a**holes from the other day crawling back into their respective corners? Why yes, I believe it is.

CONGRATS JENNA!!! I am in awe of the idea of 9.5 hours bike riding. So you rode the 100, you raised over 5k from the bike… I think you are totally amazing. I really, really do. And that boyfriend is a keeper for SURE. I hope you spend all day on the couch and relax :)

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Sarah May 24, 2010 at 4:53 am

Oh Jenna I am SO impressed you did 100 miles, way to show the haters :-)

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carol May 24, 2010 at 7:24 am

There are NO haters my dear !

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theemptynutjar May 24, 2010 at 4:53 am

So you’re pretty much amazing. Seriously.
I barely walk 2 miles a day…so you just are amazing.
Be proud Jenna. And i love that you appreciate your health and strength, so admirable.

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Kelly May 24, 2010 at 4:55 am

Wow! Congratulations! You should be so proud of yourself. Sometimes you never know what you’re capable of, and then you just do it. I like to think it had something to do with your “Wicked Witch of the West socks” (love them!).

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alana May 24, 2010 at 5:00 am

congratulations! you must feel really proud to have accomplished such a difficult event.

i do think it’s interesting, however, that people were up in arms about your decision to drop down to the 60 miles, and the people who vehemently defended you said how great it was to listen to your body when you said it was just too much. these commenters went crazy, saying that no one should doubt you for doing “the right thing”. however…now those same people are praising you? i think it’s a wonderful thing you did, but at the same time, i feel like commenters need to be consistent in what they say. this isnt a popularity contest and people should stick to one opinion!

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Marie May 24, 2010 at 5:36 am

Alana, those who defended her and supported her decision to drop to the 67 miles were doing simply that– supporting her. As you said, they thought it was great that she was going to listen to her body– which she did. She listened to her body, knew she could continue on, and we’re all incredibly impressed that she kept going for the 100. Where’s the issue? Should those who supported her in dropping to 67 miles instead comment that she should have stuck to the 67? Bad, Jenna! How dare you bike farther than you told us you would?!

Anyways, Jenna you’re a true inspiration.

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alana May 24, 2010 at 7:37 am

I truly didn’t intend my comment to be anything negative, it was simply an observation about how people comment on blogs! My point was that if people were being genuine in saying “yes, you’re right, you shouldn’t risk injury because you are not properly trained, etc.” then surely those same people should be saying “awesome job, but you sort of risked an injury doing that…” It’s sort of like how everyone said “Do what you want, you don’t need to provie anything to negative commenters!” and they are now saying “Way to prove them wrong!” Which one is it?!

I’m not belittling the accomplishment, which, like I said, I think is awesome. Just an observation about blog commenting in general really.

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emily May 24, 2010 at 8:30 am

I have to agree. I thought you guys said Jenna had nothing to prove. If you think she proved people wrong by do the full 100 then that means you also agree that she may have been flaking out a bit on her training and race.
Once again I just want to say congrates Jenna for sticking to your commitment!

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Katie May 24, 2010 at 6:00 pm

…you don’t need to *prove* anything…

probably should edit some before calling out supporting comments.

just saying.

Either way, 100 or 67 miles, still one kick ass accomplishment. Right on kid!

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Debbie B May 24, 2010 at 8:39 am

Can’t you just let the girl have her moment without feeling the need to insult anyone? Is that so difficult? Really? Nothing like a half as* complement!

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Marie May 24, 2010 at 10:49 am

Yeah Debbie, it’s the back-handed complements that get me… Alana, I see what you’re saying (especially about the “ooh you showed them!” comments), but what I’m saying is what Debbie related– this is her time to shine, and people are pissing on it, so to speak. I agree that commenters should express what they feel, but if it’s negative (or back-handed, for that matter) then keep it to yourself! (you, plural, not specifically you :) What Jenna did in raising the money for cancer research is what matters here, along with Jenna’s tremendous effort in the actual race, and the negative comments of her “I’m dropping the 100 miles” post are seeping into this one… she accomplished great things, and we should all be positive! Not picking on one another (and her!). Again, though, I see where you’re coming from Alana.

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ida May 24, 2010 at 5:00 am

Congrats!! i’ve done 100k’s, and that kills my booty, i can’t imagine 100 miles- you did beyond amazing.

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Jenna May 24, 2010 at 5:02 am

Simply amazing Jenna!! You should be so proud:)

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M(a different M than the other M!!) May 24, 2010 at 5:05 am

I love how you fueled something that was feeling negative into such a positive! Congrats on that girl!!

And so moved to hear WHO you biked for-that is just beautiful in itself.

I love the “surprise twist” to this whole story,and the boyfriend’s surprise appearance added another magical and sweet moment.

Have the best day ever with your visiting friend today!!!!!
Thanks for continuing to spread light!

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OK Chick May 24, 2010 at 5:06 am

Way to go! I imagine you feel awesome, which you should feel awesome!

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Mom May 24, 2010 at 5:08 am

Jennifer ~ You are the most amazing young lady I know… So proud and lucky that you are my daughter! We love you! And thank you to the “boyfriend”!

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Carrie May 24, 2010 at 5:12 am

I have read your blog for a long, long time now, but I’ve never posted. I just wanted to say that you inspire me. This post made me cry. You should be very proud, as I’m sure your brother is.

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Meg May 24, 2010 at 5:14 am

Congrats!! I don’t know you and never leave a comment, but thought of you inexplicably during church yesterday and prayed for you! Guess it worked :)

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Meghann May 24, 2010 at 5:16 am

Congrats Jenna! I knew you could do it! EPIC! :)

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Becca May 24, 2010 at 5:19 am

How many people can say they have riden 100 miles on a bike? Not many. Not many at all.

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Deva (Voracious Vorilee) May 24, 2010 at 5:22 am

Jenna, you are awesome. You have SUCH a great BF to come and be your aid station, and it sounds like you had an EPIC ride.

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Joey May 24, 2010 at 5:23 am

Awesome!!! Way to show your nay-sayers what you’re really made of… You rock! :)

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lauren (athlEAT) May 24, 2010 at 5:23 am

congrats. huge accomplishment!

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Erin May 24, 2010 at 5:24 am

Wow, wow, wow! I am SO impressed–seriously, for you not to have even trained for 100 and then to have knocked it out of there. WAY TO GO!!!

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Debbie B May 24, 2010 at 5:24 am

Amazing!!! You must feel exhausted!

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Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly May 24, 2010 at 5:25 am

Awesome Jenna…congratulations. I am very proud of you! :)

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midgetkeeper May 24, 2010 at 5:25 am

Way to go! Congratulations, you’re awesome!

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Tara @ Food For Fuel May 24, 2010 at 5:27 am

Congratulations, Jenna!! That is such an amazing achievement for you and Caitlin!! Hope you two have fun wine tasting today and relaxing!

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Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete May 24, 2010 at 5:33 am

Wow, I’m just in awe. You fought for this, and it looks like you won! You so deserve a rest day now. Your boyfriend sounds like an awesome supportive guy. That is so important if you want to keep doing these things (IF you still do :) ). My husband is a my sherpa during races, and as long as I supply him with beer, he is happy to cheer me on!

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Helen May 24, 2010 at 5:35 am

A massive congratulations Jenna, I so knew yu would do the full 100 miles! What an achievement. And your boyfriend is the BEST bf ever. He must have been a lifesaver

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Jocelyn May 24, 2010 at 5:36 am

Congratz. Also, your man sounds pretty sweet :)

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Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) May 24, 2010 at 5:36 am

WHEW! What an AMAZING race! Congrats on 100 miles, you go girl!

xo
K

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Annie May 24, 2010 at 5:37 am

Just like THAT you decided to go the 100?!?!?
I am amazed girl!

Your bf sounds like such a sweetheart. :)

Congrats to you! You should be so proud.

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Sarah R May 24, 2010 at 5:38 am

Holy cow girl! You rock! Congratulations :)

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Mollie May 24, 2010 at 5:39 am

Hi Jenna,
I’ve been following your blog for a few months and this is the first time I’ve commented. Congrats to you…you have become a real inspiration to me! What you did was amazing. I wish I could accomplish half as much as you!!

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Melissa May 24, 2010 at 5:39 am

Way to go, Jenna!! You’re a rock star and I think it’s awesome that you were able to ride the whole thing — incredible feat and much-deserving of some pampering and R&R. Oh and your BF, whoever he is, sounds like a gift from God. :)

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Marieke May 24, 2010 at 5:41 am

Congratulations Jenna, especially on doing the 100. You go girl!

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Marie May 24, 2010 at 5:41 am

You are AWESOME!

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Evan Thomas May 24, 2010 at 5:43 am

You go, Jenna!

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Louise May 24, 2010 at 5:45 am

You envisioned it and then manifested it ~ you are a powerful spiritual being. Congratulations!

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Lauren @ Health on the Run May 24, 2010 at 5:46 am

Wow Jenna!!! Congratulations!!! :) What an amazing ride!!! Obviously, any ride you did would have been a great accomplishment, but I think it’s awesome that you were able to prove just how strong you really are by finishing the full 100! Way to go!!

I love reading that list of things you ate throughout the day! haha And that boyfriend of yours definitely is a keeper. :)

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Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg May 24, 2010 at 5:47 am

SO amazing!!! I had a suspision you might do the hundred miles. Why? Because you’re a warrior!!!! :-)

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Jordan May 24, 2010 at 5:48 am

So proud of you (and Caitlin)!

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Sarah May 24, 2010 at 5:48 am

Congratulations, Jenna! You did an AWESOME job! So inspiring:-).

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Whit May 24, 2010 at 5:49 am

Congrats Jenna! I am so happy for you. You are truly a huge inspiration and just an amazing girl.

love ya!

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Ann @ Appalachian Appetites May 24, 2010 at 5:50 am

YOU ROCK!!

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diana@mymarblerye May 24, 2010 at 5:53 am

way to go! Show those who were so opening harsh to you, that you CAN do it. And the bf? HUGE POINTS…I’m talking, YOU need to massage him and cook him multiple bowls of oats.

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Kamaile May 24, 2010 at 5:54 am

You are awesome!

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Heather @ (The Single Dish) May 24, 2010 at 5:55 am

Good for you Jenna, show everyone who is boss!

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Heather (Heather's Dish) May 24, 2010 at 5:56 am

i’m so proud of you :)

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kirsten May 24, 2010 at 5:56 am

Congrats Jenna!! I knew you could do it!! :) :)

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kristen May 24, 2010 at 5:56 am

Congratulations Jenna! I’m glad your stubbornness paid off. What a great accomplishment!

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Nicole of Raspberry Stethoscope May 24, 2010 at 5:58 am

hahahah boooyah to all of those commenters. You freakin’ rock. always have, always will. Congrats!

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LisaR May 24, 2010 at 5:59 am

Look at all these comments! It’s awsome how many people support someone they don’t know very well! 100 miles, very epic, and 9 1/2 hours? That’s intense. Congrats! Hopefully you can walk today w/ that sore tushy!

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Errign May 24, 2010 at 6:02 am

you ROCK – that is all.

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Lindsay @ Summit Sandwiches May 24, 2010 at 6:03 am

You are all kinds of amazing! Congratulations on this huge accomplishment. Your brother would have been so proud of you!
P.S. I freaking adore your socks. Can I have them? :)

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Fueling for Fitness May 24, 2010 at 6:03 am

Wow, I loved reading this re-cap. This is incredible! I am so impressed that you decided to do the full race.

All the best!!
-Alison

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Kerry May 24, 2010 at 6:05 am

Good for you! Way to turn a negative into a positive. Congrats on a job well done. It is amazing how quickly humans forget physical pain. In a couple days you will only remember the glory!!

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Lauren @ Running Examiner May 24, 2010 at 6:07 am

Jenna, you kick ass! What an amazing feat! We are all so proud of you!!!

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Andrea May 24, 2010 at 6:08 am

Congrats, what an amazing accomplishment! You should feel very proud :)

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Alyson May 24, 2010 at 6:10 am

Good for you, Jenna! Congrats!!! :)

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Sarah @ See Sarah Eat May 24, 2010 at 6:13 am

YOU ROCK!!!! :)

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Star Style May 24, 2010 at 6:15 am

Wow congrats Jenna that’s awesome!

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Corinne (breathe and savor) May 24, 2010 at 6:16 am

you
are
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ECJOyful May 24, 2010 at 6:18 am

Congratulations on your achievement. You are an inspiration for listening to your body,and then pushing it.

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Therese May 24, 2010 at 6:18 am

Oh Jenna! You’re my hero! I cannot believe you did the 100!! From everything you went through for this, you still came out rockin’ it hardcore! I am SO inspired!

Congrats!!!

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Steph-exercise physiologist and artist May 24, 2010 at 6:19 am

I swear you two ROCK my socks!!
I love that you did the 100! So funny that you were in the wrong gear this whole time. Caitlin’s dad to the rescue huh?!

Your BF sounds so freaking sweet!! I hate you! J/K!!
I hope we get to see him soon! :)

hope you are EPICLY proud of yourself!!!

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Kacy May 24, 2010 at 6:22 am

I had a feeling you might stick it out :) What an awe-inspiring accomplishment! Congrats to you both!!

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Nichole May 24, 2010 at 6:27 am

How can you not want to get moving after reading this. ROCK ON!! No matter who says you can/cant, you need to this/that, you know your body and you KILLED IT!

CONGRATS!!!!!!

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Chrissy (The New Me) May 24, 2010 at 6:28 am

Congrats! Surpassing your own expectations for yourself is an amazing feeling. So glad you were able to to the 100! Now go drink some wine and bask in your accomplishment!

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Callina May 24, 2010 at 6:30 am

That is awesome! I had a feeling you would end up doing the 100 and I’m not surprised at all that you did :) It’s obvious that you had it in you the whole time–I was hoping you would realize that. Sometimes all it takes to push through those last miles are a really good teammate, beautiful scenery, and determination. It’s all about willpower, and you have it! Definitely inspiring.

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Brigid May 24, 2010 at 6:31 am

Congratulations! Sure is great that Caitlin’s dad figured out your gear thing before the race. I bet that change helped you out big time. My legs ache just thinking about those climbs!

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Kates May 24, 2010 at 6:32 am

AMAZING! Congratulations! I always read your blog in the mornings, and I feel inspired to try to run a little farther today because of this post.

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Kelly May 24, 2010 at 6:33 am

Way to go Jenna, awesome job!

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Emily May 24, 2010 at 6:34 am

WAY TO GO JENNA! What an amazing achievement! Great job. Such an inspiration.

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alicia May 24, 2010 at 6:35 am

Congratulations on your MAJOR accomplishment. And how great that you were able to do it in such a fabulous outfit :-) Seriously, I’m loving the outfit.

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Kristin May 24, 2010 at 6:37 am

Your story brings a tear to my eye. Look at what we’re capable of when we challenge ourselves! AWESOME JOB!

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Brooke May 24, 2010 at 6:38 am

Congratulations! You should be SO very proud of yourself! Take it easy and enjoy a mellow day!

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kalli@fitandfortysomething May 24, 2010 at 6:38 am

really well done jenn! i know how hard you probably suffered-very proud of you :)

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Samantha @ Food Edu May 24, 2010 at 6:38 am

Wow Jenna! That is so awesome–congratulations!

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stephanie May 24, 2010 at 6:39 am

I was pretty positive you would go ahead and do the 100 miles. Well done Jenna!

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Rose-Anne May 24, 2010 at 6:40 am

Wow. Rock on, Jenna. How about a quote from a sign I saw during my half-marathon? “My quads are in awe of your quads.” Because they are ;-)

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Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries May 24, 2010 at 6:41 am

So awesome, Jenna! Truly. Good for you for showing all the haters :wink: And, props to the bf!

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Caroline May 24, 2010 at 6:42 am

AWESOME ACCOMPLISHMENT!!! I am so glad you did the whole thing and felt as great as you did, way to show those mean spirited commenters! I think your head and your heart were in the right place and I started to tear up when I read about why you were riding, that’s what it’s all about. Good for you.

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Allie May 24, 2010 at 6:45 am

just awesome! love it!

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amber's notebook May 24, 2010 at 6:49 am

I think its awesome you let all the negativity motivate you. Good for you!!!

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Angela May 24, 2010 at 6:49 am

You inspire me so much! You must be so proud of yourself… I can’t imagine how great it must feel to get off that bike and say that you did the hundred. Heck yes. :)

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Jessica @ The Process of Healing May 24, 2010 at 6:51 am

Oh. Wow. You and Caitlin are officially my heroes!!!! For real, GO YOU! You’re amazing!

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greenbean May 24, 2010 at 6:51 am

take that, suckas! yeah, it was a bummer when you said you were cutting your miles back. but really, it’s all up to you. just do you. no need to justify or talk nasty to the nasty talkers. it’s not a good look for anyone. just keep your head up. pulling out 100 miles likes this will shut anyone up! :-x

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Katie May 24, 2010 at 6:53 am

Great job, Jenna! You rocked it! Please explain to me how you managed to bike 100 miles and still look fresh and fabulous, lolz!

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Andrea May 24, 2010 at 6:54 am

Boooooya! That is one heck of an accomplishment Jenna! Congrats!

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Marina May 24, 2010 at 6:55 am

You are my roll-model, seriously. It’s amazing, you are amazing, congratulations!
Get some good rest, and enough fuel for those incredible muscles ;)

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Jules May 24, 2010 at 6:56 am

Amazing Jenna!!! What a HUGE accomplishment! You are totally hilarious and awesome….you let those nasty comments fuel you into making your stronger. You showed them hehe. Congrats!

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Diana @ frontyardfoodie May 24, 2010 at 6:59 am

Oh my goodness girlie! That is friggin’ awesome! 9 1/2 hours on a bike will definitely do a number on the bootie but shoot, a little butt pain is worth that accomplishment!

Congrats! Your boy toy definitely deserves a medal too.

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maura May 24, 2010 at 7:00 am

CONGRATS GIRL! You showed those haters…hopefully they are feeling a bit sheepish right now. Rock on! & Congrats again to you, Caitlin & HTP Dad!

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Lindsay May 24, 2010 at 7:01 am

congratulations!! i am so happy for you! i have been following your blog for a long time but have never commented….but i wanted to tell you that i am so proud of you for doing 100 miles and for showing all of your readers that left such hurtful comments that you are awesome! don’t let some people get you down, obviously they have nothing better to do! great job!!

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Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies May 24, 2010 at 7:01 am

CONGRATS!! You are amazing!!! Seriously!!

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jessica May 24, 2010 at 7:01 am

Congratulations, Jenna. I know that the point was to raise money and ride for those battling cancer but take that to all those people who jumped to conclusions and had something negative to say last weekend!!

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Meredith (Pursuing Balance) May 24, 2010 at 7:03 am

WOW!!!! Congratulations!!!! You are awesome :)

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Clearly Composed May 24, 2010 at 7:03 am

I am so very happy for you. Congrats on all your success!! :)

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Nancy in Naples May 24, 2010 at 7:03 am

We too knew you could do it!!!!!!

Congratulations, Jenna!

Nancy and John in Naples

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Jenn May 24, 2010 at 7:04 am

What an amazing accomplishment! Good job!

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Laura-Ashley May 24, 2010 at 7:04 am

Congratulations!!

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Daisy May 24, 2010 at 7:07 am

I am impressed. excellent work.

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Annie May 24, 2010 at 7:07 am

Hurray for 100 miles! That’s amazing, Jenna. I hope your butt feels better soon! ;)

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Julie May 24, 2010 at 7:08 am

I’m really proud of you. : )

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Jessica May 24, 2010 at 7:08 am

Congrats Jenna! I love that the race was sort of a team effort and that you and Caitlin had so much support. Your boyfriend sounds fantastic! :) 100 miles – done and done :)

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Alyssa May 24, 2010 at 7:10 am

Congrats Jenna! You are so strong to have stuck to your guns and push forward … you pretty much kick ass ;) More like continue to kick ass … way to go! Have fun at wine tasting!!! :)

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Karen May 24, 2010 at 7:13 am

wow, way to go Jenna, but I think you have that personality, especially after some of those negative comments, it just pushes your drive into top gear, no pun intended. You have to be so proud of your accomplishment, the fun raising was off the charts and for you to ride 100 miles was just so cool. Again, congrats to you and your friends.

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hungryforbalance.wordpress.com May 24, 2010 at 7:13 am

You’re an inspiration! Way to go! It sounds like such a great experience. Who knew improper training could work to your advantage ;-)

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penny May 24, 2010 at 7:13 am

I was up most of the night with my endlessly hungry baby and didn’t want to wake him too much by checking on your site to see how it went but kept thinking about it. It was great to see how well you did and that you kicked some serious ass. If you had done the shorter ride or whatever you had chosen, you rock!

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Kris (Oatmeal on the Rocks) May 24, 2010 at 7:13 am

I love the four random pringles.
Congrats, Jenna. You’re amazing!

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Tracey @ TropicalHappiness May 24, 2010 at 7:14 am

Two words: ROCK. STAR!

Congrats on accomplishing something so monumental! Good for you!!!!! You must be sooooo proud of yourself!

And I think your boyfriend wins boyfriend of the year… a truck full of food so that you guys didn’t have to worry about the rest stops shutting down? How ADORABLE! And it’s not just that he spent his day driving those 100 miles to help out… it’s the fact that he thought about it, and went grocery shopping to buy you guys the food you’d like. TOO CUTE FOR WORDS!!!!!

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Sarah May 24, 2010 at 7:16 am

congrats jenna!! you are amazing!

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caronae May 24, 2010 at 7:18 am

Congratulations — what a spectacular accomplishment. I’m sure you’ll remember it for years to come!

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Meryl May 24, 2010 at 7:18 am

BAM! and that’s that way it’s done, folks.
you.are.epic.

you can do all things through Christ.. heck yes!

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Teresa May 24, 2010 at 7:20 am

You are….
fabulous
You have a heart of gold.
Congratulations !

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Erinn May 24, 2010 at 7:20 am

Rock on with your bad self!!!

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Camille May 24, 2010 at 7:22 am

You girls are such super stars! You should be so proud of yourself!

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Michelle @ NewLeafEats May 24, 2010 at 7:23 am

WAHOOOOO! Congrats!! This makes me want to ride a metric century…

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Kailey (SnackFace) May 24, 2010 at 7:23 am

Jenna!! You are absolutely AMAZING!!!! I am so in awe that you decided to go for the 100. Inspiring doesn’t even begin to cover it. I hope you have a faaab relaxing day after that!

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Jen May 24, 2010 at 7:24 am

Way to go! Congratulations! And I love your socks. :-D

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AprilBinTX May 24, 2010 at 7:27 am

Jenna,
SO awesome! (or would that be EPIC?) :) I am so inspired by your determination. Congratulations on this HUGE accomplishment. You are such an uplifting person. I really enjoy reading about your journey.
April

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Amara May 24, 2010 at 7:30 am

Hey! Yay you! I just read all of the crap you got from readers yesterday, and was thinking –make the best decision for you regardless of what others think, and then you stepped up! I’m so proud of you and I don’t even know you! I was reading Caitlin’s blog, and when she said you decided to do 100 I gasped –and my husband said -“that sounds like a good thing” and i told him about you. FanTAStic!

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Andrea (Sweet N Green) May 24, 2010 at 7:31 am

That’s awesome! I had a feeling you’d do the full 100..so proud of you!! Thanks for being so inspiring. I also love the socks as well :)

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Erin May 24, 2010 at 7:31 am

Great job, Jenna! I knew you could do it ;) You’re an inspiration to us all!

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Lisa May 24, 2010 at 7:34 am

Way to go, Jenna! You did awesome!!! Great post, as well! Congrats!!!

Lisa A.

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Laura Georgina May 24, 2010 at 7:34 am

Congrats, chica! I’m so glad you finished strong and enjoyed the ride for such a great cause. I’m doing a cancer-fundraising 20-miler in a month and I can’t imagine doing five times that distance!

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Mary @ What's Cookin' with Mary May 24, 2010 at 7:35 am

Congrats Jenna! Was thinking about you all Sunday :)

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kelly May 24, 2010 at 7:36 am

Jenna- YOU ROCK!

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Brittney May 24, 2010 at 7:40 am

AWESOME!!! Great job Jenna!! :)

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Barbara(Blood, Sweat and Heels) May 24, 2010 at 7:40 am

and now all those negative commenters can bite it:)

Awesome job…you must have been on fire! Goes to show everyone that you CAN do anything you set you mind to do. ANYTHING!

B

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Michelle May 24, 2010 at 7:40 am

Just one word..AMAZING!! You should be soo proud of yourself! Congratulations!!

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shannon (the daily balance) May 24, 2010 at 7:42 am

congrats! what a great way to honor your brother – he would be so proud of you ;)

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Beth @ DiningAndDishing May 24, 2010 at 7:42 am

Awesome awesome awesome Jenna! You should be very proud of yourself :).

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Anne @ the doctor takes a wife May 24, 2010 at 7:43 am

Congrats!! It looks like it was a total blast. It must feel amazing to have pulled through like that :)

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Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) May 24, 2010 at 7:46 am

CONGRATS JENNA!!!! You are amazing!!!

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Kinder May 24, 2010 at 7:47 am

Congratulations! Who-hoo!

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suzanne May 24, 2010 at 7:51 am

You are amazingly awesome!!

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Liz May 24, 2010 at 7:57 am

Congratulations on doing the full 100 miles! Wow, 9 1/2 hours on a bike…I don’t know how you did it but good job!

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SueP May 24, 2010 at 7:58 am

Congratulations on a job well done, facing your fears, and succeeding!!

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Taysa (Water, Butter and Wine) May 24, 2010 at 8:01 am

Awesome. You are my inspiration! I told my boyfriend last night, “I want to be able to ride 100 miles.” Now I just need to get a road bike!

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Katie May 24, 2010 at 8:02 am

Congrats Jenna! You must be on Cloud 9. I also ran a half marathon this weekend without proper training… and it was hard, but I did it! So much of it is mental.

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Lauren @ louisianagrown May 24, 2010 at 8:05 am

CONGRATULATIONS! I am totally surprised, but so happy for you. My eyes teared up a little reading this and these shots are absolutely gorgeous. It sounds like you have some awesome people in your life (specifically that boyfriend), and this was a day that you’ll NEVER forget.

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Ilana May 24, 2010 at 8:05 am

You are amazing. and Boyfriend of the Year indeed!

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Kelsey May 24, 2010 at 8:13 am

You are inspiring! Congratulations :)

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Danielle May 24, 2010 at 8:16 am

Congrats to you! YOU ARE SUPERWOMAN! Seriously, you are such an inspiration! I’ve signed up to do a 50 mile ride in mid August and I’m only at about 20 miles right now in my training, but I keep thinking of you and really want to do well. You should be so proud! We are!

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gina (fitnessista) May 24, 2010 at 8:19 am

you are amazing. that is all :)

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Jennie May 24, 2010 at 8:19 am

I’m so proud of you. I’m sure your brother was with you during your race yesterday.
xo

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Heather May 24, 2010 at 8:27 am

amazing!!! Congratulations, you must be sooo proud!

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Carter May 24, 2010 at 8:31 am

I’m not gonna lie. Reading this post made me a little teary. Pretty awesome accomplishment, Jenna. Congrats!

PS – the food list cracks me up.

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Sara Gedde May 24, 2010 at 8:31 am

AH-MAZING! So proud of you!!! So, I was with my children yesterday cleaning up and all of a sudden I thought of you… riding that bike, so I said a pray er that you would make it through and you did! THat’s so awesome!

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Laura May 24, 2010 at 8:32 am

Girl. You are amazing. Incredible. Inspiring. Now I want a bike and I want to ride it 100 miles!

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Cristin May 24, 2010 at 8:38 am

Yay! Good work!! You ladies are AWESOME!!

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alex May 24, 2010 at 8:41 am

yay!!! congrats jenna and caitlin! you gals are amazing and such troopers. I am glad to see that you went for the full 100, that must feel so great to know what you have accomplished! Thanks for inspiring me, I am signing up for my first half marathon! All the best, and have a great time wine tasting today…you guys deserve it!!!

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Claire May 24, 2010 at 8:42 am

Woohoo!!Congrats! You all looked fabulous post race.I’m impressed:-)cc

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Kathryn May 24, 2010 at 8:44 am

Congrats! I’m so proud of you! I missed the original post/negative comments but I think you should be proud of doing any distance! You are amazing and shouldnt let anyone tell you otherwise :)

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Erin May 24, 2010 at 8:44 am

Way to go Jenna. 100 miles is A-MAZING! Hopefully, you and Caitlin are having a fabulous and well-deserved recovery day.

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Paige May 24, 2010 at 8:47 am

AWESOME. Good job Jenna!

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Bridget May 24, 2010 at 8:52 am

Hey, I’ve been reading your blog for a while but never posted here…however, this post is seriously amazing!! I don’t know if I’m PMSing or not but I totally teared up. This is inspiring, and you kick ass! :-)

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Mindy May 24, 2010 at 8:53 am

I can’t believe you changed your mind and did the century!! THAT. IS. AMAZING!!!! Congratulations–that is a huge accomplishment! I can’t believe you were on that bike for almost 10 hours..

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MMiller May 24, 2010 at 8:55 am

Wow Jenna! I guess the person who told you your socks would take you far was right! I am so proud of you! I felt you were going to push for the 100! I was just starting to get concerned last night when you tweeted that you finished the 100!!! I’m sure your brother was with you the whole ride and he is so proud of you! And major KUDOS to the “Boyfriend”! What a great way to cheer you on and help you succeed! You deserve to relax and just BE this week! You are an inspiration to so many! Good job! Congrats!

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Sassy Molassy May 24, 2010 at 8:57 am

THe photos are great, Jenna! Love those socks. You’ll be forever proud of yourself for finishing an epic 100 mi. Congrats! Good luck with the bum healing. ;)

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Jen May 24, 2010 at 9:11 am

You are the bomb!

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Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy May 24, 2010 at 9:12 am

You are AWESOME! :) I can’t even imagine riding a bike for 9.5 hours in 1 day! That’s just incredible!

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Claire May 24, 2010 at 9:13 am

This is amazing to read lady! So proud of you for covering 100 miles, I can’t imagine it! Yay for the boyf too!

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Meg May 24, 2010 at 9:17 am

Seriously “wowed” by you, Jenna! Congratulations on such an awesome accomplishment!!

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Laura May 24, 2010 at 9:23 am

Congratulations! I had CHILLS reading this post :)

and as someone who lost her father to cancer at a young age, I thank you for the cause you supported.

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giordin May 24, 2010 at 9:32 am

congratulations! this is so inspirational. it truly makes me wanna get on my bike again!

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jess May 24, 2010 at 9:32 am

what an amazing accomplishment jenna! amazing job. :)

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Tay May 24, 2010 at 9:38 am

YOU ARE AMAZING!!!!!!! Congrats and thanks for the inspiration :-D

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Kerry Dyer May 24, 2010 at 9:38 am

Well done! Amazing you kept going and Caitlins dad helped you! xx

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Bostongaljm May 24, 2010 at 9:40 am

Great job! I’ve been there crying on the hills, so good for you for continuing on!

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Lisa May 24, 2010 at 9:41 am

Those socks are great! What a neat idea. I need to get some. My legs always get so beat up on the bike–grease, cuts, bruises….

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Rachael May 24, 2010 at 9:41 am

YOU ROCK! So glad to hear you did the whole thing! I am totally stubborn the same way! Hope you have a wonderful recovery!

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rose May 24, 2010 at 9:44 am

You are AWESOME!!!!!!!!!

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Jen Papaya May 24, 2010 at 9:46 am

Congratulations Jenna!! This is so inspiring!! I’m running my first marathon this year in November, but due a hip injury, I’m doing a lot of biking prior to being able to get back out on the road running in July. And I’m kindof falling in love with it. One of these long bike races might be in my near future, and I’ll definitely be asking for your advice!

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Rosebud May 24, 2010 at 9:46 am

Way to go– I can’t even imagine what 100 miles must feel like. Eye of the Tiger all the way.

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Katie May 24, 2010 at 9:47 am

The 100 sounds like SO much fun. I felt really jealous reading your post, I used to road bike so much before I became disabled. But I am happy for you and I remember how good it feels to push you body like that and to know you did it. Congratulations, you have redeemed my faith in you and I want to read your blog again!

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Amanda May 24, 2010 at 9:51 am

Thats so awesome!!! You did it!!!

ps: what a sweet boyfriend! he brought you food : ) he’s a keeper!

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Katharine May 24, 2010 at 9:53 am

Amazing job! And CONGRATS on doing all 100 miles!!! I’m truly impressed. That is an awesome feat. :)

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Karen May 24, 2010 at 9:53 am

Congratulations! I read your blog very often, but I’ve never commented before, but I wanted to send congrats your way! For some reason, I had a feeling you’d do the whole 100 miles… :-)

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allison @ thesundayflog May 24, 2010 at 9:57 am

ahhhhh so exhilarating!!! very excited for you that you decided to do the 100 miler! i know its hard, but dont listen to what people say to you in these comments. they will only bring you down. envy is a green eyed monster…great job jenna!

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Rachel May 24, 2010 at 10:05 am

Congrats!! just looking at the list of food you had shows what a huge physical challenge this was! You and Caitlin look pretty bad ass in your EGF shirts as well!

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Alyssa May 24, 2010 at 10:05 am

Wow- INTENSE!

Way to go with the oreo fuel- sometimes ya just gotta!

Congratulations on your iron will- you are one tough babe!

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Bree May 24, 2010 at 10:20 am

Congratulations! I loved the pictures and this post.

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Nicole Y. @ An Adventurous Life May 24, 2010 at 10:24 am

You did SO AWESOME JENNA!!! I knew you could do it!! You may not have trained the way most people do but you trained your body well and did AMAZING! I’m so happy for you! And I love your pictures/recap!! :)

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Clare May 24, 2010 at 10:24 am

Jenna, this is incredible. I didn’t even see the negative replies on that post about changing to 60 miles. There will always be naysayers and commenters that get a huge kick out of dragging other people down. This isn’t even my blog and -I- was offended by what some people wrote. Is it no longer a worthy cause when you subtract 40 miles? No. I think your readers aren’t seeing the big picture. If they take issue with the way you live your life, why don’t they stop reading? Sorry, end rant.

I’m impressed and psyched for you. I would have been if you’d done “only” 60 as well. Well done.

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Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman May 24, 2010 at 10:27 am

You rock. Period. (Oh, and way to stick it to the haters.)

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Sarah (Running to Slow Things Down) May 24, 2010 at 10:27 am

Woohoo!!! You totally rocked that race, girly! :D Congratulations!

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Paige May 24, 2010 at 10:27 am

Congratulations on the bike ride AND the amazing boyfriend!

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Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle May 24, 2010 at 10:31 am

congrats girl!!! thats so awesome!!!

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Salah@myhealthiestlifestyle May 24, 2010 at 10:31 am

congrats girl!!! thats so awesome!!!

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Glamorous Newlywed May 24, 2010 at 10:34 am

Great job!!!!

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Mallory May 24, 2010 at 10:40 am

wow.
an inspiration for all.

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eatmovelove May 24, 2010 at 10:44 am

I seriously cannot even imagine biking for 9 or 10 hours…that’s insane!!

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Shannon, Tropical Treats May 24, 2010 at 10:45 am

Holy moly you are awesome. Congrats girly!!!!!!!!!!! Seriously, where can I find a bf like yours? He is a keeper for sure!

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Annie D. from Annie'sSimpleLife May 24, 2010 at 10:46 am

OMG. What you did is AH-MA-ZING. Great job!!

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emily May 24, 2010 at 10:47 am

That’s amazing, you guys are awesome!

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Sarah (Oc2Seattle) May 24, 2010 at 10:49 am

Congratulations! What an accomplishment!

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Dee May 24, 2010 at 10:51 am

You are so awesome! You go girl!

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Rika May 24, 2010 at 10:54 am

amazing! MAD props to you!!

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Cat May 24, 2010 at 10:55 am

Major congrats! I did the 67-Mile ride yesterday and it was definitely a feat of mind over matter! I was much slower than I wanted to be (nearly 7 hours!) and when I was finished there was a guy who had done the 100-Mile with one arm in a SLING! He was a little braggy and I sort of wanted to kick him for finishing at the same time as me and adding 33 miles, but I also sort of loved him because it was so EPIC!

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Kati @ Living Well May 24, 2010 at 10:58 am

HOLY CRAP! Just now reading this…but I am SO PROUD OF YOU!!! That is just amazing. You go girl :–) Seriously. Love it. Makes me want to train for something…

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Raya @ Raya Runs May 24, 2010 at 11:00 am

I love this!!! I’m so glad you did the 100!!! You deserve nothing but positive energy and comments for this!!!!

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Michaela May 24, 2010 at 11:02 am

Congrats, Jenna!! You ROCKED it!!! When are we going to celebrate???

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sherri May 24, 2010 at 11:06 am

way to go jenna!! tomorrow should be the worst day for your butt – but it will get better!

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Ann May 24, 2010 at 11:17 am

Congrats Jenna! Amazing!

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TorontoGirloutWest May 24, 2010 at 11:17 am

I can honestly say I was going to be proud of you no matter what distance you rode! You’re amazing and a true inspiration!!!!! ?

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Caroline May 24, 2010 at 11:21 am

Congrats!!

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Retta @ RunRettaRun May 24, 2010 at 11:21 am

You. Kick. Much. Ass. And that is all. :)

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Angela (ohsheglows) May 24, 2010 at 11:22 am

Firstly a huge congrats and props to you, you totally blew my mind by completing the 100 miles. That is nothing short of amazing and I am so proud of you!

I am soooo stubborn just like you. When people tell me I can’t do things I go out there and I make things happen. There is no better feeling than prooving people wrong. :) What a glorious day for you and the team.

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Nicole May 24, 2010 at 11:23 am

Congratulations Jenna!! What an amazing accomplishment!! I’m so happy for you! Congrats again!

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Jaime May 24, 2010 at 11:24 am

Wowsers! Congratulations, Jenna! Nice work – and I love that boyfriend is such a sweetheart! I bet that helped you peddle faster…!

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Limerton May 24, 2010 at 11:25 am

Best post ever. Huge smile on my face

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Fernando May 24, 2010 at 11:25 am

You are a true OG.
I am happy you found inspiration from your brother and cancer patients. But perhaps there was a middle finger to the peanut gallery from last week’s thread? That’s why I love when people talk sh*t, it always comes in handy during a long run or ride. :)

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Nicole May 24, 2010 at 11:29 am

Congratulations Jenna!! What a big accomplishment. I’m so happy for you!! You are STRONG. :) Thanks for sharing your pics!!

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Kait May 24, 2010 at 11:40 am

Congrats on finishing, thats awesome!! Looks like a hard but fulfilling race, must have felt great at the end!

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Sana May 24, 2010 at 11:56 am

WAY TO KICK SOME BUTTT! I was so proud when I heard you did all 100. You made over 5,000 and you finished your end on the deal. True champ!

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Amanda May 24, 2010 at 12:00 pm

Wow, super impressive!!! I was thinking about you girls (even though I dont “know” you) on my long run yesterday! You should be very proud of yourself, and know that your bf sounds like he knows whats up :)

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Anne @ Food Loving Polar Beara May 24, 2010 at 12:11 pm

Wow! 100 miles in INSANE! Congrats! :)

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Kim May 24, 2010 at 12:24 pm

I also had chills…and was cracking up and the same time reading your post. You are totally an inspiration and I am going to push myself to do something great because of what an amazingly successful experience you had! Congrats!

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Carolyn May 24, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Congratulations on such an amazing accomplishment! I echo whoever said your boyfriend is sweet — definitely!

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Katie G May 24, 2010 at 12:25 pm

Congrats Jenna! I am doing my first century in October (actually officially signed up today) and I am SO excited…however a bit nervous too! I need to desperately start training a bit harder than I am now…however it seems so far away since it is at the end of the summer/fall….how long did you train for? So, are you done with road bking now?

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Kathleen May 24, 2010 at 12:26 pm

You gonna run 40 miles on fruitcake? Iron Will for teh Win! Sounds like you had much better food/fuel for your 100 mile ride – Way to go Jenna! Glad you were surrounded by your besties and that your inner strength squashed the fear. Proud of you.

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Lindsey @ Foodie on the Rocks May 24, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Funny how things work out! Congrats. Minus the soreness that will surely ensue I know it’s left you with a great feeling. PS Can’t wait for this week’s cooking lesson :)

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Hilary May 24, 2010 at 12:50 pm

Congrats Congrats Congrats! You are a SUPERSTAR!

Oh, and by the way, I LOVE the socks! :)

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Amber from Girl with the Red Hair May 24, 2010 at 12:50 pm

YES! Way to show all those negative commenters what you’re made of, you really rocked this!!!!

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Jenna (Hello, I Love You) May 24, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Congrats! You are a rockstar! :)

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Lorin May 24, 2010 at 1:15 pm

You are so inspiring! Riding 100 miles is awesome, even when you weren’t planning on it! You make me want to go out and exercise right now, but I only run about 3 miles when I do run, so it’s nothing compared to you! But it seems like you had fun :)).

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Erin May 24, 2010 at 1:17 pm

Amazing job, especially for doing something completely out of your comfort zone:-)

Do you think your opinion has changed on biking? Do you think you may give it another go?

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Alina May 24, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Wow, I can’t believe you did the 100! I am very inspired right now. And that boyfriend is an example to boyfriends everywhere. Great recap!

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Jen May 24, 2010 at 1:40 pm

you are AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!

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Heather @ Side of Sneakers May 24, 2010 at 1:47 pm

CONGRATULATIONS!! You’re AMAZING!! Not many people can just say, hey I’ll do 100 miles on the bike today ;) How were you training in the wrong gear set? Too high of a gear? I never know what gear I should be in. I just constantly change them so I feel like I’m doing something haha.

I hope there are porta potties at the aid stations- I can’t imagine 9 1/2 hours plus that much fluid!!

GREAT JOB!!! :) :)

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Alex May 24, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Congratulations!! You should really be proud to have completed the full 100 miles, that is a huge accomplishment! You kick ass girl!

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Leah May 24, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Amazing!! 100 miles, its just amazing! Good for you! Im sure a part of you is pretty happy to stick it to all those negative commenters from last week too. I know I would be :)

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Jessica May 24, 2010 at 2:04 pm

So proud of you, Jenna!

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laurie May 24, 2010 at 2:16 pm

what an accomplishment, and what a great reminder about being thankful for what our bodies are able to do!

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SallyH @ acountablelife.wordpress.com May 24, 2010 at 2:17 pm

That is amazing, Jenna! Whatever inspired you, you accomplished an amazing feat. My butt hurts just thinking about 9.5 hours on the bike.

As for people who wrote negative comments when Jenna made her initial decision to switch distances, I don’t think there was anyone on this blog who was critical of the right to air hurt feelings or disappointment in her decision–it was that some people criticized Jenna as a PERSON, instead of limiting themselves to criticizing how they felt about the decision.

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Denise @ Creative Kitchen May 24, 2010 at 2:29 pm

Awesome!!! I’m thrilled for you! What a feeling of accomplishment you must have, and memories to last a lifetime! Way to go Jenna!!

P.S. I’m sure the wrong gear thing had a lot to do with your training, and so glad you got into the right gear for the race. Were you just amazed at the difference that made?

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Sammi May 24, 2010 at 2:32 pm

Many congrats on both your wonderful fundraising and tackling a triple digit ride…that’s unfathomable to most of us!

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Cynthia (It All Changes) May 24, 2010 at 2:37 pm

Congrats on pushing yourself and doing an amazing job!

And your BF rocks and totally should win an award :-)

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lola May 24, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Congratulations Jenna!!!!! you see everything happens for a reason! you trained on the wrong gear and without knowing you were preparing yourself for the big 100! :) congrats you are awesome!

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Katherine May 24, 2010 at 2:51 pm

It’s so funny how someone once pointed out to me that running, swimming and cycling are the sports where people care about what you eat (no one asks basketball players or football guys what they eat during the day)

Great recap and great endurance! Press on twoards the goal

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Tracey May 24, 2010 at 2:56 pm

Oh my gosh, Jenna – you are amazing!!!! I just wanted to hug you after reading this. What an incredible feat!!

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Sarah May 24, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Amazing! Completely inspiring Jenna!! Good for you for doing the 100miles, I knew you could! P.S. You have the sweetest sweetie!

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Lisa May 24, 2010 at 3:28 pm

Fantastic job!! Maybe that will shut the whiners up…but probably not. Some of them were so negative and heavy handed and judgemental, well, those kind of people are always looking for something to gripe about.

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Rita May 24, 2010 at 3:33 pm

WOW Jenna! So proud! You show’em

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Kathy W. May 24, 2010 at 3:43 pm

The gears that you trained in plus Caitlin’s dad adjusting gears + seat, making 100 seem doable–It was meant to be! Somehow, this is how it was supposed to happen. Think of how fun it will be to tell your future kids (and grandchildren!) about your Amazing Race!!

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Lisa (bakebikeblog) May 24, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Congratulations girl :) What an EPIC achievement – and one that you should be very very proud of :)

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Casey May 24, 2010 at 3:58 pm

Jenna — I have never commented in some 3+ years of reading. But ROCK ON! WAY TO GO!

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Lauren May 24, 2010 at 3:58 pm

Congrats Jenna! So awesome and an accomplishment you’ll never forget!

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Ashley May 24, 2010 at 3:59 pm

CONGRATS!!!!!!!!!! :) you are so amazing and inspiring!

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Heather May 24, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Congrats!! :) I can’t believe you were on a bike for over 9 hours. So impressive!!

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Carla in Sydney May 24, 2010 at 4:18 pm

Fantastic Jenna!!! I bet you are feeling sore (yet very proud) today after 9.5 hours in the saddle! Rest up and take it easy today…..you deserve it! Congrats on all the money you raised for Livestrong – my favourite charity! Congrats to “the boy” too……what a catch! ;-)

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Ashley May 24, 2010 at 4:19 pm

Crazy! Good Job! Just for the record, I still would of loved your blog and read it for many years to come if you did 5 miles on your bike.

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Lauren May 24, 2010 at 4:41 pm

You are awsome!!!!! What a wonderful thing to have accomplished. I was smiling ear to ear by the end of your post. Thank you for being such a great inspiration……

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Casey @ Chasing Casey May 24, 2010 at 5:30 pm

Congrats on your ride. We’re all so proud of you!

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Andrew Ring May 24, 2010 at 5:30 pm

Jenna, you are amazing! Great great great great job, champ.

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Gabriela @ Fro-Yo Lover May 24, 2010 at 5:45 pm

Oh, WOW.
CONGRATULATIONS, Jenna!
You rock, girl!
:D
Brazilian XOXO´s,
Gabriela

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devon May 24, 2010 at 5:45 pm

Good for you for doing the 100! Congratulations :)

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Karla May 24, 2010 at 6:06 pm

Amazing job Jenna!

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Julie @ Pickley Pear May 24, 2010 at 6:27 pm

Way to go, girl! What an awesome accomplishment. Talk about carb loading on the day of! I probably would have eaten double that!!

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Laura May 24, 2010 at 6:34 pm

You are awesome! Love the socks :P

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Danielle May 24, 2010 at 7:17 pm

I am SO PROUD OF YOU! You (and Caitlin) totally rock!

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eatmovelove May 24, 2010 at 7:21 pm

Oh and the food list just goes to show I think that when your burning fuel, the fire will burn anything…doesn’t have to be “perfect” foods…oreos unite!!

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LesleyG May 24, 2010 at 7:27 pm

Congratulations, Jenna! I had a feeling you might just go for it!

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Jin May 24, 2010 at 7:54 pm

Congratulations! I had an inkling that you would out-do your planned 67 miles. Way to go!

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Amber K @ sparkpeople May 24, 2010 at 8:25 pm

I am totally new to your blog, but I LOVE reading Caitlin’s and I had to check out the other amazing woman who could tackle such a feat.

YOU GO GIRL! Totally inspirational. =)

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Emily May 24, 2010 at 9:10 pm

Way to go Jenna! So inspiring!!

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Kris May 24, 2010 at 9:34 pm

Good for you! I knew you could (and would) do it. Nice!

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Kristina May 24, 2010 at 10:17 pm

Oh. My. Stars. I am CRYING I’m laughing so hard, I love the grizzly bear / tree stump sighting. You are funny!

You are also Inspiration EXTREME !! I have just found your blog (from reading Caitlin’s) and I can tell it’s one I’ll check daily. :)

You are awesome,

Kristina

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D May 24, 2010 at 10:22 pm

I am so very proud of you! It literally inspired me so much it brought tears to my eyes. GREAT JOB to you and Caitlin!

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Megan @ The Oatmeal Diaries May 25, 2010 at 8:29 am

YOU ARE AMAZING. That is all :)

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Linda May 25, 2010 at 9:55 am

Congratulations, Jenna!!! I know the feeling of finishing the epic ride!!! job well done! three cheers for you!!!

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Courtney May 25, 2010 at 10:23 am

You. are. awesome.

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Sarah May 25, 2010 at 11:07 am

you’re so my hero Jenna! I did a 26 mile ride last summer and thought I was going to die. Of course I did it on a hybrid bike, no can affordo an awesome road bike unfortunately, LOL! I’m sure you feel like doody today- get some rest and enjoy your awesomeness!!!

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Alycia @ Fit n Fresh May 25, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Congrats babe on 100 miles! I’m like totally proud! One day, I hope to do something that spectacular. You’re really inspiring so keep it up! (:

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Allie May 25, 2010 at 5:25 pm

Wow… what an amazing accomplishment – Way to go!!

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Anna S. May 25, 2010 at 8:40 pm

What an awesome accomplishment!!! You rock.

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Tamara May 27, 2010 at 1:11 pm

Yay Jenna! That’s wonderful and so motivating. It has to be rewarding to do this in honor of your brother and cancer patients. You are awesome!

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eatingRD May 27, 2010 at 4:01 pm

awesome re-cap, knew you guys could do it!!!! ahhh, wasn’t it incredible? I couldn’t get over those climbs and those amazing views. I think I pushed myself too hard the first stretch, but somehow made it through that dang climb. It was great meeting you guys again!
-Kristen :)

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