For the last several years, my riding, running, and triathlon buddy Max has kept me company through countless endurance adventures. In fact, he's been the driving force behind many of them. It's because of him that I've dabbled in the ultracycling world, and the next step in that vein is a planned 1200k (750 mile) brevet next July.
This weekend, Max is attempting a 600k brevet in Alaska, where he grew up, and he posted to his blog a great narrative of the last time he embarked on a similar adventure. The story was published in Randonneur Magazine in 2009, and it's well worth a read for anyone curious about this somewhat otherworldly pursuit.