Hell of the Marianas-Toughest Bike Race in Micronesia. Done and Done!
Andrea and I finished the race in five hours and 20 minutes. 62 miles total, 31 miles each up and down almost every hill on my small island. We made our first cutoff time with 30 minutes to spare. Andrea finished the first leg in a little over an hour and I finished my second leg in under two hours. I was so excited! I had a very tough leg and rode it faster than I had at any point during training. At that point, it was all smooth sailing. Andrea finished the third leg in under two hours and I crossed the finish line at 11:20 or so. It took me only 50 minutes to bike the last 15 miles! I felt so awesome when I crossed that finish line. Chris, Joyce, Anna, Kayla, Ross, Kyla, and of course Andrea and Aaron were there to cheer me on. It was one of the few times I have actually felt like this was home. I think my dad is the most proud of me too-his little girl who refused to ride a bike for ten years finished a very tough bike race. I learned the importance of pushing hard and focusing on the goal. And that I need to stop under-estimating myself. I was so nervous all week that we would miss our cutoff time and we had no problem meeting it with time to spare. Andrea was an amazing teammate and her brother Aaron drove us around all morning which was a huge stress that neither of us had to worry about!
Overall, the morning went amazing! No flat tires or crashes or bike malfunctions. I am so glad Andrea and I are a little crazy and decided to do it! It will be a memory I have forever. This morning my legs are tired, but I am going to give them a few days rest while I figure out what to train for next. I think a triathlon is in the works, but I will keep you updated!
One of my friend’s challenged me on Wednesday to start thinking bigger than I was. To not sell myself short on that dream job and to recognize that I do have a lot to offer without going back to school. I looked for some jobs, re-opened my Twitter account, and am updating my resume. It was sorta a lot to handle and I got very excited/overwhelmed at these new possibilities. So since we had Veteran’s Day off and I have officially given up sleeping in ever..I got up at 5:45am and set out on a bike ride. My goal was to bike to Banzai Cliff and back-a beautiful lookout on the northern part of the island. The sunrise was spectacular and there was the most amazing rainbow in the sky. As I was riding, I was able to just think and pray and re-evaluate my life. I got home 2.5 hours later after biking a very slow 26 miles. Needless to say, I was pretty proud of myself for just being able to complete regardless of how long it took me. And bigger than that, just feel like I have gained some clarity in my life over what is next and what I want.
I can say confidently that I am loving life here and that while the next step is not set in stone, a plan is slowly coming together and I am letting God have all the control.
Next goal..a 100k bike ride with my friend Andrea!
..a bike crash.
I promise I am not normally injury prone and two accidents in four months are not bad odds. I was riding my bike Saturday morning and the roads were slick from rain. I lost my focus for two seconds and my bike slipped off the side of the road and next thing I knew, I was on the ground and the bike was about a half a foot in front of me. I didn’t look..I just made sure I could stand up and got back on my bike. I was only about halfway through my ride so I needed to keep going. I felt ok so I kept going. Awhile later, I looked down to see blood running down my leg, but I had to keep going. I had a swim meet to get to. I finally made it, cleaned it up a little, put a band-aid on it, and finished the morning.
Fast forward a few hours, my leg is throbbing and I can’t lay on it so sleeping has been difficult. I am a big baby about this stuff too. But thankfully it could have been worse and I am recovering quickly.
Plus, I am sure it won’t be the last crash..it sorta goes with the biking territory. 🙂
I now have transportation here in Saipan!! I got a new….bike!!!!:)
I have never been more excited about a purchase. You see, up to this point, I have been able to catch rides with the other teachers, but the longer we are here the more people get into their routines and it gets harder and harder to find rides for little things-like getting my hair cut. So I finally found a bike. I have been looking for one for awhile and I heard that a local store had them. The guy gave me a $50 discount and it ended up being $150. I felt that was a pretty decent price for a bike on a small island where other things can sometimes run astronomically expensive.
I rode to my friend Amanda’s Sunday for breakfast, got my hair cut, and rode 6 miles yesterday!! Also, I have somehow managed to injure my knee and getting a bike is just the break from running it probably needs. (I am not one to usually rest for injuries) So needless to say I love having a bike!!