In predictable fashion, I’ve waited till the last few hours before the 4K actually starts to begin my blog. The number of emotions I’m experiencing right now is quite overwhelming. Between saying goodbye to the absolutely incomparable Hopkins class of 2012, moving out of Baltimore (my home for the past five years), and embarking on this incredible journey, I’m not quite sure what to feel first.
I’m going to start in the only place that makes sense to me: thanking my supporters. To my family and friends around the world – I would never have even thought this was possible without you. Your love and support means more than you could ever know. I’ll be thinking about you through every mile. Mom, Dad, thanks for not even batting an eye when I decided to spend my summer this way. It would have all been a dream without your support.
It’s already 12:30 and I have about 5 hours to sleep, get dressed, and head downtown for kickoff, so I’m going to keep this post considerably shorter than subsequent ones. I’ll save my reflections on the 4K mission and its deeper connections to my life for a much later date, but tonight I will share my ride dedication with all of you. I am dedicating my 4000 mile, 70 day ride across the country to my late Grandma Harriet, my Grandma Jane and Aunt Ro (both cancer survivors!) and to my Aunt Pam. My Aunt Pam was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin Lymphoma just a few short weeks ago with an excellent prognosis, and I will be riding across the country as she begins her fight against cancer. To these four amazing women in my life: This ride is for you.
Cycle, Inspire, Unite.