Mr Mikey’s 24-Hour Bike Challenge丨24小时750圈250公里！他用车轮践行了曼校价值观
A Soloist's "Resilient" Journey
MIS Values - “Resilience” is one of the values which is embedded in our daily lives at MIS. Students are taught to never give up and keep on going, if at first you do not succeed, try, try again.
Mr Mikey, one of our Juniors Year 6 class teachers arranged a 24-hour bike challenge to show our students how we can all be “resilient”. At the same time raising money for our school charity organisation Outreach.
Before the event, Mr Mikey began to receive messages of support and donations began to arrive. Ms Jo arranged for Year 6 Pringle students to help raise awareness for the event by setting up a Sweet n’ Treat Stall. Boarding students queued up to buy the treats and with their help over RMB21,000 was banked before the main bike ride kicked off.
Sweet n’ Treat Stall
Starting on Friday morning at 11:00 Mr Mikey set off on his long day. Cheered on by students and staff during the school day, there was plenty of encouragement to spur on Mr Mikey shouting ”Go, Mr Mikey!” “keep on going,” lots of students ran alongside Mr Mikey as he cycled around the school campus. During the evening Y11 Jon joined Mr Mikey and cycled with him through the night. Sleepy boarding staff set up a nightshift rota to ensure that he was cheered on, and moral was kept high.
Mr Mikey recalls the most difficult period came about 4 am, it was super late (or early), it was quiet, and his back and shoulders were hurting, his knees were incredibly tight. He considered stopping when he was alone and got stuck thinking about those issues. “I just tried to keep myself distracted.”
The countdown began as the sun rose just after 5am, with more friends out to cheer him on as the hours went by. With students banging on the drums, little ones biking alongside Mr Mikey, the last few hours passed and finally at 11:00am to the sound of “Final Countdown” Mr Mikey had completed his own personal perseverance challenge. With a few short toilet & food breaks during the challenge Mr Mikey managed to cover over 250km, around 750 laps, 22 hours in the saddle and burned over 8000 kcals!
Mr Mikey’s “Resilience” has really impressed our MIS community and our generous parents, staff and friends have donated over RMB80,000 to date.
Interview: What Does It Take To Complete A 24 Hour Bike Ride?
What motivated you to take on this challenge?
I read a book not too long ago by an ex-marine, he believed that physical challenges could develop a harder body and mind. I thought it interesting that he would do 24-hour challenges in running and pull ups. I thought it would be easier to ride a bicycle than to run. It was not easy at all!
What were you thinking about when you bicycling alone?
I have always been good with being by myself, so the alone time was not the worst. I put on some noise cancelling headphones and a playlist of songs and podcasts and just put my head down.
Please try to describe the most moving moment.
Obviously, finishing was emotional; I almost shed a tear about 10 minutes from the end. I had been hearing how much we had raised and the generosity of people, and the support with people coming out all night, sending messages of support and being there in the morning, it was moving. Thank you to everyone for the support and encouragement.
Do you think you have improved by practicing the MIS value "Resilience"? What does the word mean to you?
I hope so! I was inspired by the resilience and determination of the man in the book I read, and I hope that some students look at what I did and take some inspiration too. All day today I have had students coming to me and asking about it, so it is great that they have been intrigued. I have been called crazy a few times.
When you got off the bicycle at 11:00am Saturday, you seemed a little touched, could you please tell us about the feeling at that time?
As I said, finishing with people around and knowing that we raised over 4 times the amount we thought we would, it felt overwhelming. The last 5 minutes I really picked up the speed, trying to squeeze out a few more laps so my legs were burning. After about 10 minutes though, I just wanted to lay down in a cold room and sleep!
You know the money you raised is much more than the total amount of money donated to Outreach in one year, what do you want to say about this?
I have been absolutely blown away by the amount we raised. With money still coming in today and cash to be counted, who knows, we may break the 80,000RMB mark. AMAZING! I remember telling some colleagues that I would hope to raise 15,000 two weeks ago and that seemed crazy. In my last message in the MISsive, I suggested we go for 1000RMB per hour pushing us up to 24,000RMB. What some people donated was utterly amazing and I am extremely thankful. Thank you to everyone for showing your support and donating.
Coco Y7’s parents donated some of their brand ROAV active sunglasses and Sophia Y6 whose parents donated lots of Knog bike lights
If someone wants to imitate you in the future, what do you want to say to him/her?
I feel like I planned and trained well, I had my food organised, different changes of clothes in place, an ice bath, weeks of stretching and 4-hour rides and a nice, relaxed, carb filled week leading up to it! I think that would be my advice, be ready. The physical preparation can be achieved but the mental part is the most challenging; if you can get over that, you can do anything. Ready Ay Ready!
A Soloist's "Resilient" Journey
MIS 价值观 ——“韧性”是我们在曼校日常生活中一直在践行的价值观之一。学生们被教诲要永不放弃、持续前进，如果一次没有成功，那就再去试，一遍遍地努力，直至成功。