Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about this summer and my arrival into Anchorage, Alaska. I’ve been thinking about the mixed emotions that I will be feeling at that point in time. I can only imagine the sensational feeling of accomplishment knowing that my team and I succeeded in getting one step closer to finding […]

This weekend I was no longer able to rely on strength alone to push me through the momentous task of biking 190 miles in 3 days. As my thighs pounded, my seat became uncomfortable, my hands ached, and my feet swelled, I knew that something had to change. I learned to tuck in my tailbone […]

“Here’s the truth about telling stories with your life. It’s going to sound like a great idea, and you’re going to get excited about it, and then when it comes time to do the work, you’re not going to want to do it. It’s like that with writing books, and it’s like that with life. […]

The sun is out, the birds are literally singing, and I rode my bike today for the first time in a month. Since my last post in November, my road to Alaska has not been the smoothest. I had a significant crash in December that put me off the bike for a month over winter […]

Our team of 77 recently embarked on a 50-mile bike adventure with a catch- to finish in 5 hours! It was our half-century test, and while my anxieties were high and the anticipation of mechanical difficulties was inevitable, I’ll admit I cried three times before my group set out. After two rather difficult rides previous […]

Last Monday, I biked a route called Scenic with my teammates Sam F. and Valeria. We first did Scenic as an entire team back in November. It was a particularly challenging Saturday ride due in large part to an unexpected hill of 12% grade. For those who aren’t versed in grades, 12% is quite steep. […]

Resiliency. What does it take to endure hardship or to overcome extreme challenges? Through Texas 4000, I have heard countless stories of the pain and difficulty that goes hand in hand with the experience of cancer. The idea of resiliency is one that has stuck with me. Cancer can take away so much and yet […]

Team Noun 1. A number of persons associated together in work or activity. This past week I needed to take my half century test- riding 50 miles in less than 5 hours. My test was later than most of my team’s because of some training setbacks I faced over winter break. I didn’t expect anyone […]

Fear is defined as “an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous.” This unpleasant emotion has caused me to miss countless opportunities and adventures because I didn’t trust myself enough and feared rejection. If I’m being honest, most of the time I conquer my fears because I don’t want to […]

It was cold. It was wet. And the sun was still at least half an hour below the horizon. A few of my teammates huddled together underneath a small light, vying for warmth. It was the day of our half century test and as my teammates keep rolling into the parking lot, I tried to […]