Allison Bikes


Quote from Elizabeth Gilbert (author of Eat Pray Love)
January 31, 2010, 4:07 pm
Filed under: Inspiration

I’ve come to believe that there exists in the universe something I call “The Physics of The Quest” – a force of nature governed by laws as real as the laws gravity or momentum. And the rule of Quest Physics maybe goes like this: “If you are brave enough to leave behind everything familiar and comforting (which can be anything from your house to your bitter old resentments) and set out on a truth-seeking journey (either externally or internally), and if you are truly willing to regard everything that happens to you on that journey as a clue, and if you accept everyone you meet along the way as a teacher, and if you are prepared – most of all – to face (and forgive) some very difficult realities about yourself….then truth will not be withheld from you.” Or so I’ve come to believe. I can’t help but believe it, given my experience.

Thanks Sam :)



Step class
January 13, 2010, 2:46 am
Filed under: Training

So I went to step class yesterday, thinking it would be a girly piece of cake.  Uhhh, no.  That was close to the most difficult hour of exercise of my life, second only to sprints in ninth grade field hockey practice.  I am seriously a hazard to myself on that step – I almost tripped over it twice, and I actually tripped over it once.  All the other girls in the class seemed to know the routines really well, too, and I was just stepping around madly, trying not to fall, and not able to get any of the arm movements right.  Then we did fifteen minutes of abs at the end and I really thought I was going to pass out.

I can’t really walk right now.



Training Begins
January 6, 2010, 3:41 am
Filed under: Training

Tuesdays = Cardio Funk.

Since it’s too cold and snowy to be training on a real bicycle, my training schedule until the snow melts involves spending a lot of time at the gym – my goal is 4-5 days per week.  I’ll be alternating between the stationary bicycle and the treadmill, trying to do weights at least twice a week.  I haven’t had time to make an official schedule yet, but I’ll post it here once I do.  I know I will be much more diligent about going if I put it up for everyone to see!

The best part about going to the gym is obviously CARDIO FUNK, the greatest exercise class ever invented.  Cardio Funk involves one man, fifteen girls, lots of cardiorific choreography, and all my favorite guilty pleasure pop songs.  He teaches us the dance moves throughout the hour, but the song is a surprise until the last ten minutes, when everyone performs the whole routine two times over.  Tonight we learned the Bad Romance routine (from the video), and my life is basically complete.

Thursday is 40 minutes of stationary bike!

My legs are gonna be sore tomorrow…



First Fundraising Milestone Reached
January 1, 2010, 7:55 pm
Filed under: Bicycle, Fundraising

I reached my first fundraising milestone yesterday: $500 by January 1st.  Thank you so much to everyone who has donated so far!  You guys are amazing.  I couldn’t be doing this without you.

$3500 to go!

Next fundraising milestone: $2000 by April 18th.  Please help me reach my next goal by clicking the DONATE link on the left!  Even if you can only give a small amount, you will be contributing to the affordable housing movement, and helping families in need.

Also, when I reach $1000. .. Bike & Build will let me order my bicycle and I can start training for real!

Last night I had a dream that it was the first day of Bike & Build.  I had just received my bicycle, and hadn’t trained on it at all yet.  Just as I was about to set off on my journey with my teammates, I realized that the bike was way too big for me – I couldn’t even get my leg over it to start riding!  There were also two pedals on one side of the bike, like it was made for someone who literally had two left feet.  I had also forgotten to buy shoes for my clipless pedals, so I couldn’t even ride it at all anyway.  All in all, it was a disaster.  I am a bit nervous to try clipless pedals, since I’ve heard it can take a while to get used to them.   Same goes for dropped handlebars.  However, the sooner I get the bike, the sooner I can start training.  Gives me even more motivation to do some serious fundraising!

Happy new year everyone!  :)



Allison Bikes
December 30, 2009, 9:07 pm
Filed under: Thoughts and feelings

Here I go!

I am pretty bad at making decisions.  For example, it is causing me moderate amounts of stress to choose what to do for New Years Eve, even though my choice will have little to no effect on my future, except for the severity of my hangover on January 1st.  Deciding to do Bike & Build means that I will be traveling for two months by bicycle from Boston to Santa Barbara while building homes along the way.  It also means there will be a lot more uncertainty in my life, and although this is scary, it gives me a chance to choose a life that allows me to pursue my dreams.  I will not bore you with all the pros and cons lists and life maps and circular arguments I made along the way.  But I am really going to do it!  It will be a challenging and uncertain path, but I am ridiculously excited about it.  And terrified.

Yeah, I’m definitely terrified.

I’m biking across the country!!!!!




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