DALTON, Ga. With six miles remaining in the grueling, 300-plus-mile Cross Florida Individual Time Trial mountain bike race, which spanned coast-to-coast across Florida, and a rare breath of cool December air rushing in, 14-year-old Canaan Barrett began to pull away from his father, Chris.
After three days and nine hours of exhausting pedal churning, fence hopping and camping -- stopping at convenience stores along the way for nourishment -- Chris' legs began to tighten, but his son, the youngest competitor by far, used a youthful burst to surge toward the finish.
"Some days I get stronger and stronger," Canaan said. "That may sound pretty weird, probably the opposite for most people, but I can get stronger some days."
Canaan, who is an eighth-grader atChristian Heritage School, is not what might be considered a typical 14-year-old. He has no interest in social media or video games or pretty much anything indoors. Instead, he spends the majority of his spare time on two wheels sending dirt and twigs flying as he races through the wilderness.
"I don't have social media, I don't get on my phone a lot," Canaan said. "My dad started getting into mountain biking and he decided to get me into mountain ...