Before I start, this blog entry is basically going to contain content that isn’t really allowed on my blog on the Texas 4000 website for reasons. This is mainly for me and it’s my view, and it does not represent Texas 4000 as an organization.
It’s been a long time since I’ve posted, but it’s for a couple of reasons. The biggest reason being getting myself into an accident that resulted in two fractured wrists and fractures in my face. I ended up getting two surgeries (one on my arms and plastic surgery for my face), was in the hospital for a week, and stayed at home for about 4 weeks before coming back to Austin and school. Now, I’m doing really well. I have no pain in my arms (and I’m not on painkillers! :D), I’m getting my left cast off in about 4 days, and I’m going to be getting fake front teeth (I lost my top two) by the end of the month.
Now, I’m mainly writing this post because today was a pretty spectacular day. I shaved my head for ST. Baldrick’s Brave the Shave which is for raising pediatric cancer awareness with several other teammates!
When I saw the 2012 riders with their shaved heads last year, I immediately knew that I wanted to shave my head too. I started growing out my hair in order to donate it, and I looked forward to the day. From the point when I saw 2012 riders with their shaved heads, it was almost like my hair was no longer my hair…it was there for the bigger cause and it was growing to help make a wig later on. So it was interesting to hear over and over words like, “You’re so brave to be doing this” and “You’re so courageous.” Yes, I will deal with stares and questions…but if it leads to that dollar that helps scientists make the breakthrough to the key to cancer, it’s so worth it. If shaving my head makes me more approachable to at least one more person, it’s so worth it. If shaving my head makes even one person feel better, it is so worth it.
Now here are some thoughts regarding self-love that aren’t as important as the main points above…
I’m kind of procrastinating by blogging…so yea, IT’S BEEN AWHILE SINCE I’VE ACTUALLY WRITTEN A BLOG ON HERE. Sorry!
This past Saturday, I rode 46.5miles with the team. Why is this significant? So far this semester, I haven’t been able to ride more than 15miles until yesterday. Even though my legs are sore, I am so happy that I actually completed the entire ride. I was kind of anxious about it at the beginning. I was worried that my knees would start hurting or something. Anyways, I finished the ride!
What I’m mainly blogging about right now is the fact that for the first time…I didn’t feel like a complete failure while riding. I was pretty worried about the ride, so on Thursday (I think?) I did as many squats and lunges that I could. Then while I was riding, going up hills wasn’t as bad. My legs didn’t just lock up, I just kept pushing and pulling, and no matter what I felt…I just kept going.
So yea. I’m going to be doing squats and lunges all the time now. I might just start doing them in the office while I work XD