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
2021-09-08 14:43:20



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A Soloist's "Resilient" Journey

一位曼校老师的百里行单骑


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?

对话:当谈论一场24小时单车挑战时,

我们在谈论什么?



Q

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!


Q

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.


Q

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.


Q

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.


Q

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!


Q

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

Q

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

一位曼校老师的百里行单骑


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。



曼校小学 6 年级的主班老师Mikey为此安排了一场“24 小时自行车挑战”,向我们的学生展示我们如何才能做到有“韧性”。这个挑战同时也为我们学校的慈善组织Outreach募款。



活动开始前,Mikey便陆续得到了很多家长的支持,募捐活动也有条不紊地展开:Pringle寄宿楼的寄宿老师 Jo组织了 6 年级的寄宿生设置 Sweet n' Treat 摊位,通过卖零食来宣传这个活动。在所有人的努力下,活动开始前,善款已超过 21,000 元。


零食义卖摊



上周五上午11:00, Mikey 开始了他漫长的一天。在最初的6小时里,师生们在上课间歇声援Mikey,他们高声大喊:“Mikey老师加油!”、“继续前进!”,当Mikey经过时,三五个、十来个学生会跟随自行车奔跑。晚间放学后,十一年级的Jon加入了骑行,他与Mikey一起度过了漫漫长夜。困顿的寄宿师生们为此设置了一个夜间轮值表,保证Mikey在骑行中可以得到鼓励、保持士气。



Mikey后来回忆道,最难熬的时刻是凌晨 4 点左右,时间已经非常晚了(或者非常早了),校园周遭很安静,他的背部和肩膀开始疼痛,膝盖感到非常紧。当他独自一人时,他会陷于思考这些身体上的不适,“我尽量让自己分心。”



凌晨 5 点,太阳升起,还有最后6小时,越来越多的朋友出来为他加油。学生们敲锣打鼓,一些学生加入了 Mikey的骑行挑战中,终于,最后几个小时过去了,上午 11:00 ,在“最后倒计时”的声音中,Mikey 先生结束了骑行。整个挑战过程中,除有几次短暂的休息外,Mikey 全程未放弃,消耗了8000大卡,完成了超过 250 公里、大约 750 圈的骑行挑战!



Mikey的“坚韧”深深打动了曼校社区的每一位成员,截止至发稿时间,我们的父母、员工和曼校好友们已捐赠了超过 80,000 元的善款。




Interview: What Does It Take To Complete A 24 Hour Bike Ride?

对话:当谈论一场24小时单车挑战时,

我们在谈论什么?



Q

是什么激励了你,促使你开始这样一场挑战?

不久前我读了一位前海军陆战队员的书,他认为身体上的挑战可以让身心变得更强壮。他会在跑步和引体向上上进行 24 小时挑战,这很有趣。我认为骑自行车比跑步容易。但最终发现,这一点都不容易!


Q

当你在独自一人骑行时,你在思考什么?

我一直很喜欢独自一人,所以独处的时间并不难过。我戴上降噪耳机,播放自己的一份歌单,然后低下头,静心享受这个独处的时刻。


Q

尝试描述下最令你感动的时刻吧

显然,完成的那一刻是最令人感动的。距离结束大约10分钟的时候,我几乎流下了眼泪。我一直在关注我们筹集了多少资金和大家对活动的支持,大家整晚出来支持我、发送鼓励的信息、早上陪我到达最后的结束时刻……这让我很感动。感谢大家的支持和鼓励。


Q

你认为你践行了曼校的价值观“韧性”吗?你认为这个词对你而言有何意义?

希望如此吧!我曾被我读过的书中人物的韧性和决心所激励和鼓舞,我也希望我的学生看看我所做的事情,也能从中得到一些启发。今天一整天都有学生来找我询问这件事,所以他们很感兴趣,真是太好了。我被他们说“crazy”了好几次。


Q

当你在周六11点从单车上跳下来的时候,你似乎有些激动,能否告诉我们当时你的感受?

正如我所说,与周围的人一起结束这场挑战,并得知我们筹集的金额是我们预期的 4 倍以上,简直受宠若惊!最后5分钟我加快了速度,试图多跑几圈,所以我感觉整条腿都在“燃烧”。大约10分钟后,我只想躺在凉爽的房间里睡觉!


Q

你募集的善款已经远远超过Outreach一年募集的资金总额,对此你有什么想说的吗?

我对我们筹集的金额感到非常震惊。今天善款数额还在增加,最终的金额还需清点确认,但是谁曾想,我们会突破8万元大关,实在是惊人!我记得两周前告诉一些同事,我希望筹集 15,000 元,那时候已经觉得很疯狂。在 MISsive 的最后一条消息中,我建议我们能够促成每小时募集 1000 元善款的目标,所以募集24,000 元是我的预期。有些人捐赠金额惊人,还有人赠送我一些用于骑行的物品,我非常感谢。再次感谢大家的支持和捐赠!


七年级Coco的父母捐赠了太阳镜;六年级Sophia的父母捐赠了车灯

Q

如果未来有人想模仿你的壮举,你有什么想对他/她说的吗?

我觉得我计划和训练都安排得很妥帖,我制定了饮食计划、想好了更换衣服的地点、每天洗冷水澡,我还进行伸展训练和 4 小时骑行训练,我度过了一个美好、轻松,同时也享受了碳水化合物的一周!我想这就是我的建议,做好万全的准备。身体上的准备是可以做到的,但心理部分是最具挑战性的——如果你能克服这一点,你就可以做任何事情。为未来而来!







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