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29,603-mile record falls, day by day

 Amanda Coker, 24, right, celebrates with her dad Ricky, left, after breaking the woman's world record for the highest annual mileage on a bicycle at Flatwoods Park in Thonotasassa Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016.  Coker broke the record of 29,603 miles that has stood since 1938 by riding an average of 229 miles per day.  She started May 15 and will continue riding until May 14 of next year. Five years ago she suffered serious brain and spinal injuries when she was hit by a car while bicycling.

JAMES BORCHUCK | Times

Amanda Coker, 24, right, celebrates with her dad Ricky, left, after breaking the woman's world record for the highest annual mileage on a bicycle at Flatwoods Park in Thonotasassa Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. Coker broke the record of 29,603 miles that has stood since 1938 by riding an average of 229 miles per day. She started May 15 and will continue riding until May 14 of next year. Five years ago she suffered serious brain and spinal injuries when she was hit by a car while bicycling.

JAMES BORCHUCK | Times

Amanda Coker, 24, celebrates with her father, Ricky, left, after breaking the women's world record for the highest annual mileage on a bicycle Wednesday at Flatwoods Park in Thonotosassa. Coker broke the record of 29,603 miles that has stood since 1938 by riding an average of 229 miles per day since May 15. Coker's achievement is part of her story of perseverance: Five years ago, she was a competitive collegiate cyclist out riding with her dad when a car hit her from behind. She suffered serious brain and spinal injuries. Story, 1B

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