For 24 hours, starting Saturday, Lauren Frisk will pedal her mountain bike in a 17-mile circle around a makeshift town in the middle of the desert, trying to complete as many laps as possible without slipping into catatonia and toppling into a cactus.

Short of practicing cellular respiration or cramming for my Journalism 400-Communications Law final, I can’t remember the last time I did anything for 24 hours straight. 

And neither of those involved a bicycle seat and a bumpy trail.

Which of course, made me ask Frisk if she was crazy. 

“It’s the ultimate forum to test your physical capabilities,” the 29-year-old said.  “A lot can happen out there. It’s possible I could get so tired. Who knows what could happen? But that’s part of the allure of the event.”

Most of the 1,800 participants in the Kona 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo form squads ranging from two to 10 competitors. 

Read more about the cycling event in Thursday's Arizona Daily Star.