Featured Athlete: Yaeli Even
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Sport: Cycling | Grade: 9
Wingspan: How long have you been biking and what got you started?
Even: “I have been biking since the fourth grade, so it is my sixth year. I just liked the whole idea of it and how it was a different sport than most kids my age do.”
Wingspan: How often do you practice?
Even: “I start biking at the end of February because I have to get ready for my bike race in May.”
Wingspan: Can you walk me through a day of training and how long you bike?
Even: “I wake up early and I get out of the house at like 7:30 or 8 and then usually we bike wherever we want using google maps. It really depends on how I’m feeling, I’ll usually go up to 40, 30, or 20 miles at a time.”
Wingspan: What races do you participate in?
Even: “It is a MS 150 and it’s biking to support Multiple Sclerosis.”
Wingspan: How far is the distance that you have to bike for the race and where do you go?
Even: “The farthest, on day one we went 86 miles, and on day two we did 76 miles. It starts at Stonebriar and then it reaches up to the Texas Motor Speedway.”
Wingspan: How do you prepare the day before a race?
Even: “I eat a lot of pasta and I drink a lot of Gatorade.”
Wingspan: What has been your biggest accomplishment from this sport?
Even: “Last year, probably competing in the Multiple Sclerosis 150 and biking 160 miles in two days.”
Wingspan: Does anyone accompany you while racing?
Even: “No, every year I do it with my dad, but sometimes my dad’s friends will join and my grandma joined one year.”
Wingspan: Do you set a goal time for your races?
Even: “ Usually we want to complete 10 miles in an hour, but last week I reached 10 miles in fifty minutes.”