Less Than Two Weeks

It’s pretty hard to believe that I’m done with college. Commencement weekend was absolutely surreal. So many photos to take, moments to relive, places to be, and people to see. I just hope that all the goodbyes are only temporary farewells. I am grateful for so many people–the amazing friends I have known for half my life, and those I’ve made over the last four years. Thank you to my grandparents, my aunt and uncle, and my little cousin, for driving from Toronto for this occasion. My mom and dad, who flew in all the way from California to see me graduate–I know you don’t support everything I do, but thank you for always believing in me wholeheartedly when you do. Most importantly, thank you for always being honest.

I’m done with school, but still living on campus because I’m working the alumni reunion events. I need the extra money to get to my fundraising goal, and my paycheck for these two weeks will be donated to Bike and Build.

It’s strange to be in such a familiar place without all the people I’m so used to seeing here. My parents took most of my things home, so I’ve been living out of a backpack and in a bag for the last ten days. It’s a liberating feeling, and I’m looking forward to fully adopting this minimalist way of life for my summer on the road.

Last week, I worked at the kids’ camp. It’s a tiring, exciting, and rewarding job. I have so much respect for the people who work with children as a career. The nature of their work requires a combination of skills and knowledge, physical and mental strength, empathy, playfulness, and patience. I don’t know how many times I heard “Let it Go” sung at the top of little lungs on karaoke. Yes, it’s a good job.

I probably totaled a measly 10 miles on the bike for the entire week, but I think 12 hours straight of playing basketball, tennis, and badminton with tireless kids also make for pretty good training.

During my down time, I decided to finally figure out how to use iMovie. I made my first little video with the bicycle footage captured from my GoPro:

Less than two weeks til Bike and Build. Please, please, please help me get to my fundraising goal! All DONATIONS are tax-deductible, and extremely appreciated.

As always, thank you for reading. 🙂

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Biking to Massachusetts (and back)

Yesterday, Noelle, Austin, Amara, and I set off on an exhilarating and painful journey to Massachusetts. It was our first century ride, totaling 115 miles. We celebrated when we hit the century mark, but those last 15 miles were most definitely harder than the first 100. Riding the Farmington Canal Trail when we could, we also passed through neighborhoods and urban streets where the trail had not yet been completed. We were lucky–no flats, no crashes, beautiful weather, yummy trail food, and awesome company. The ride was also mostly flat, with a couple of fun hills along the way.

When I finally got back to my room (up 5 unpleasant flights of stairs) I was rewarded with the best night of rest I have ever had.

Must look into this chamois butt cream people are talking about… if anyone has preferences, let me know what works best.

Noelle, Austin, and Amara: y’all are amazing! I couldn’t have done it without these ladies.

April Overview

In April:

~300 miles on the bike

15 hours volunteering at New Haven’s build site

4 crashes (this is normal, right?)

6 flats (this cannot be normal, right?)

1 race (my first!)

The last crash was pretty nasty; resulted in a stretcher, an ambulance ride, a good dose morphine, and crutches. Haven’t been on the bike since, but I’m walking again, so I’m hoping to get better soon. Till then, I will be struggling to sneeze, laugh, and hiccup. Each time I do, it feels like my ribs are exploding inside my body.

Here’s to more miles and fewer crashes in May!