I completed the Adventure Cycling TransAm from Yorktown, VA to Portland, OR this summer.
I had two cycling goals for the ride.
First, try to ride as close to 100 miles per day as possible, given that towns are so far apart, I averaged 98.6 mpd. I like how I chased this goal as I never sacrificed anything to achieve the mileage, I took what the road gave me and went how I wished to go, I did not let the goal drive my trip.
Second, the most important goal was to establish and join the TransAm Triple Crown and TransAm Thousand Mile Club based on the California Clubs of the same name. I actually completed 7 double centuries while riding across the country AND one stretch of 6 centuries back to back. So I complete the TransAm Triple Crown as well as the Thousand Mile Club and I am very pleased while cleaning the bike today to reflect back on the effort and the results.
The California website says that completing these requires “a lot of training and mental determination” and that doubles are a “Personal Growth Experience” and I would second that.