Hi Everyone,

After a terrible fall during my first week of training and injuring my wrist, I am able to get back on the bike! Throughout this past semester of college, I went through many difficulties and hard times of adjusting to the pandemic and found new challenges and obstacles to overcome. I am glad that I was able to do so through the strength of God and support from my family and friends. I am so glad to say that I have ridden my first 19 miles of training on the bike successfully so far, and I can’t wait to log more miles and train more throughout this break. Looking forward to updating more on this soon, and I hope for no more injuries!! This semester in Texas 4000, I was able to serve my teammates by being a part of the SAG team when I was injured, and I was also able to volunteer with them by making cards and socialized outdoors in safe ways as well. I contributed to 15 hours of volunteering and also raised thousands of dollars within the past year. I will continue to serve the mission of Texas 4000 of knowledge, hope, and charity. I am so grateful for everyone who has supported me and helped me with this cause, and I hope to continue to make an impact in any way that I can. In this fight against cancer together!!! Love, Rachel Shen

Hello to all of my loyal and dedicated supporters, Earlier this week, Monday to be precise, I achieved my $1,000 Fundraising Goal, and I remain safe from the dreadful thought of being cut from the team for failure to raise sufficient funds. First, I want to make it completely known that I could not have […]

Part of my “Why I Ride” and the reason I applied to Texas 4000 has always been to take advantage of my health. I explained how we take our health for granted until it is taken from us, and that CANNOT be more true than at a time like this. Covid-19 has not only robbed […]

Preface I carry a lot of sentiment in my heart, especially for this team. I have yet to master how to express my deep sentiments in person to the faces I care about, but Texas 4000 has taught me – more than any other experience – to be more open and transparent in how to […]

We would have arrived in Dallas today, pulling up to Ray’s parent’s house:) Today we had our call with our Cluster 1 hosts. Only Ray’s parents attended, but I am nonetheless grateful for all the other hosts who were unable to make it. Ray’s dad talked about cooking us New Orleans food. He spoke of […]

Carlie,   I’ve tried so damn hard to stay strong the past few months. I’ve done a pretty good job up until today, May 14th. Another birthday without you and it hurts just as much as the first. Last week we celebrated your birthday. I went home to see Mom, Dad, Sissy, Troy, and our […]

November 2016 I got a mysterious phone call in the middle of my calculus class from someone who said they were with Texas 4000. I had applied and interviewed a few weeks earlier to be a part of this amazing program, not really expecting to get in. I rambled on and on in my interview. […]

If Mondays were for updates, then Saturdays were for sunrises. I sit on the hood of my car in the CPE parking lot watching the sun rise like we used to do every Saturday. When did this become my home? Today, however, there are no bikes, no jerseys, no air pumps in sight.  The past […]

This weekend I was in a pretty severe cycling accident, and I’m not going to lie, it really scared me. I let the fear take over, I thought about how much pain I was in, what if I could not longer ride, wondered if anyone else was hurt, the list goes on and on. I […]

Wow has time flown by. It’s currently February of 2020. We are a little over 100 days out before we embark on our journey to Anchorage. Training has been going smoothly and I’m continuing to raise money. We just completed our half-century test in which we rode 50 miles in less than 5 hours. I […]