San Fran ’13 alumnus Anthony Venida made this sweet video of his team’s journey. I think it captures a lot of what 4K is about and certainly made me smile 🙂 Check it out.
Well, 4K is over.
It’s hard to say that…for 70 days I eat, drank, and lived 4K. Now that it is over I am beginning to realize just how big of an undertaking 4K was. For most of the ride it never seemed like a big deal because we lived day-to-day. Wake up, prepare, ride, relax, sleep, repeat. There was a great deal of change as we made our way across the country, but the routine always stayed the same. We always had a purpose. We always had direction (West is Seattle!). It seemed normal.
But it was not. How many people bike across the country in the first place, let alone with 27 other crazy college-aged people? How many rely totally on donations to survive? How many volunteer along the way and discuss the weight topics surrounding cancer? Not a lot. And that’s the point: we were doing something incredible.
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A short ride and a ferry brings us to Seattle! I am greeted by Mom, Brittany, and Lauren. We have a small ceremony and people begin to go their separate ways. A bunch of us meet up for a fundraiser and a few people get tattoo’s.
I dedicated today to EVERYONE I have rode for on this trip, whether family or friend, patient or caregiver, with us or not. You all are my inspiration, you give me strength. I could not have done it without you.
Our last real ride turns out to be a doozy: 111.4 miles (longest ride yet) with some super steep hills and, for my group, a couple of mechanical problems. I talk about some group tension and am proud of everyone for pushing through.
I dedicated today to myself. Joining 4K was one of those things I was not “supposed” to do. It did not directly lead me to a job or set me up for graduate school. It was not on the typical student path. But it was what I WANTED. 4K is no easy undertaking, so I dedicated today to myself for taking a chance and following my dreams. I also dedicate today to Team Seattle 2013 – 27 people just as crazy as I am!
Today is for us!
We get off to a rough start, dip our tires in the Pacific, I go all the way in, we race to the host, and despite it all ride 109 miles!
I dedicated today to Brina and Lydia, the two ladies I ride for everyday. They have inspired me throughout this summer and I kept them in my thoughts as my legs screamed for me to slow down.
Brina & Lydia, today is for you.
We ride our first team century and it is NOT flat, despite what we were told. It was a toughy and my team finished with a mileage of 106 – only two centuries and a super short ride to go!
I dedicated today to our hosts, Stephanie and Jeff. They were totally awesome and started us off with an excellent breakfast. I also dedicated today to my great-aunt Marie and her family. Her mother passed away last week and her younger
sister just passed from Broken Heart Syndrome.
We join the “Crazy People” to ride 10 extra miles and go unsupported all day for the sole purpose of climbing Mt. Erie – 850 feet in 1.5 miles at its worst section (that’s an average of 10.5% grade and spots pushing 30-40%!!!) Then we take a
ferry and find an awesome host in Port Townsend.
Since we climbed above the clouds, I dedicated to all the people I could find in the sky: Poppop, Paul, and Jan, our host’s mother.
Edit (8.19.2013): Here is what a local Seattle blogger had to say about Mt. Erie.
We climb over 6,000 feet and average over 16 mph as we climb through the Washington Pass on the Northern Cascades Highway. We also meet and get refreshments from a nice Canadian man and his son.
I dedicated today to all the supporters out there, both those who are obvious and those who are less so, for their strength, loyalty, and love. I especially dedicate today for my mom for her unbelievable ability to provide for both my grandpa and I for four years. Incredible.
Mom, today is for you.
We ride through what is strikingly familiar to Wyoming. I thought we left the semi-arid prairie behind!
I dedicated today to two individuals. First, to Dale who we met in Sandpoint. Dale is a 23 year survivor of testicular cancer and quite a nice guy. Second, I dedicated today to John, who we met at the cancer treatment center yesterday. I hope your treatment continues to go well!
Dale and John, today is for you.