Surviving the Saddle

An hour bike ride through the park never fails to be enjoyable, but when that ride extends to several hours and dozens of miles, such as the upcoming Ride for Nature Century, your seat can suddenly feel uncomfortable, you curse the blister on your big toe and wonder whether you remembered to refreeze that icepack – but you can’t remember because the smashing headwind is a screaming distraction.

As an avid cyclist and member of the University of Iowa cycling team, I plan on participating in the full century ride in the upcoming Ride for Nature. I may have logged thousands of miles this year already, raced all throughout the country and even shaved my legs like the pros, but a century provides a different kind of challenge…

Log on to and click on “Biking News” to see how Parr plans on preparing for the upcoming challenge.

Registration for the June 16 event, which includes distances of 100, 62, 50, 25, and 15 mile routes, will remain open online until June 13. Onsite registration is available at the Baileys Harbor Town Hall on June 15 & 16. Visit for more information.