But that’s what teammates are here for – they’re the ones who have experienced the ups and downs of training, the ones who understand how hard it is to balance regular college responsibilities, and the ones who are constantly there to remind each other why we’re all here. These are the people that are up every Saturday before the sun rises and the ones by your side for 8+ hours on the bike. And they’re the people who will be there when the noise from the summer fades and we need people to decompress this experience with. 

“Why bike? Can’t you just do fundraising for cancer research? Why do you have to bike to Alaska?” These questions weren’t new. I’ve heard them before, and they’re frustrating to hear every time I do. And these were the questions that a teammate posed to the entire room at meeting on behalf of his friend. […]

Woke up to a text from a dear, dear friend: “Madeline. You ride for me now too.” I knew Jackie had had a biopsy done on her thyroid.  It was just a few days ago, and it was supposed to take at least a week to hear back.  But instead it took days, and the […]

It’s no secret: I’m not the best at cycling. It takes skill and my talents are more in the skill-less category. I often find myself becoming extremely frustrated with other riders when they give out encouragement to me while I’m riding. I know when you yell “You got this!” you think you’re helping me up […]

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. […]