Written by: Lauryn Kostopoulos
The past week has been filled with so many emotions and memories. I have made so many new friends and strengthened the relationships between old ones. In one short week these people have become my second family, they are the ones you can talk to if you are having a bad day and are there to put a smile on your face and pick you up.
This week we have had a few riding days and also a build day. We have ridden through the scorching heat of the desert and the hills of mountains and canyons. The days have been tough because the heat absolutely drains you and waking up at 3:30 in the morning to beat the heat is catching up to us. On many of the riding days I have struggled because I haven’t done much training so the hills and mountains seem much worse than they actually are. My legs are starting to feel like they weigh a hundred pounds each, but you just keep pedaling one stroke at a time. Eventually you get to the top, and once you do you feel like you can do anything, and it’s also a plus when you get a great downhill to just give you legs a rest and feel the wind in your face.We have also crossed into another state, Arizona, which is always exciting because you are one state closer to the opposite coast. Entering a new state is like starting a new adventure; you never know what the state has to offer.
It’s sad to see the week come to a close, especially if you have to say see you later to new found friends, but with each new week bring new riders to bring into the family. Some joining for the first time or maybe the third time, some you have met before and some new faces to get to know.