Hell on Wheels

My face guards came in the mail!  I figured out that the wind while riding really dries out my mouth and nose.  I actually had a slight sore throat the next morning.  These have totally solved the problem.  They’re made of seamless polyester microfiber by SA Company.  The actual printing on the face shields is very high quality and vibrant.  They’re soft and they stay put.  RAWRRR!!

My Mom is NOT a fan of the skull, but as soon as I scare off my first mountain lion, I know she’ll have a change of heart…

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My First Ride

Today, I went out on my first bike ride…  The Music City Bikeway came very highly recommended – and now I understand why.  It’s over 26 miles long with a variety of landscapes and terrains.  The carefully constructed routes span from scenic greenways, major Metroparks, and leads right into the heart of downtown Nashville.  Even for someone with little to no attention span, my interest was totally peaked the whole ride.  **Oooo, squirrel!!**   Sorry, I’m back.

Two Rivers Park – Cumberland River at Sunset

My first ride was short – just over 4 miles.  I wanted to test the waters…  Figure out what muscles are going to be used most.  Get a feel for my bike, practice changing gears, braking, and finding ways to sit that hurt the least.  I’m going to take this bad boy out again tomorrow and see what my 10 mile time is…  🙂

#NerdAlert, I took my bike out on a photo shoot.  10-second self timer FTW.

I’d like to recommend the Lazer Blade helmet with MIPS (multi-directional Impact Protection System).  It weighs less than 1/2 lb, fits very comfortably and securely to my head, has excellent ventilation, and it’s just an over all good looking helmet…

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The Kona Sutra

I Found “The One”

After months of research and hours of test riding, I found my bicycle.  The beautiful Kona Sutra Touring Bike.  When I hopped on this beastly piece of machinery, I knew almost immediately that we were meant to be…

While Stephanie, co-owner of Halcyon Bike Shop, was ringing me up, I have to publicly admit, I became a bit teary eyed.   It was pretty cool moment, actually. I put my hand on the Brooks Saddle and smiled to myself.  This is the one.  This is my Sutra, and together, we are going to travel from one side of America to the other…

Today was a big step.  Soon to be followed by more big steps.
No more running in place.  NO more standing still.  #FORWARD

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Halcyon Bike Shop

I have had the BEST experience with Halcyon Bike Shop in Nashville.  Extremely knowledgeable staff, extensive inventory, and a zero pressure environment.  SO grateful to have found them…

Halcyon Bike Shop
2802 12th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37204
615.730.9344

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My Vicious Cycle

-=deep breath=-
The Truth Behind AVC

Since being out of the Military, nothing has made much sense and it’s getting noticeably worse every single year. It seems that the level of purpose and fulfillment we Veterans crave to achieve has become elusive or impossible, and no longer feels attainable. For us, nothing can compare to the magnitude of being a soldier in a combat zone. The military allowed us to tap into a facet of ourselves and gain a distinct level of perspective, rendering everything else painfully underwhelming and unrelatable. This decade long search to regain meaning and clarity in civilian life is slowly driving out my sanity and replacing it with emptiness, anxiousness, and frustration.  Letting weeks, months, YEARS pass, feeling like I’ve already lived an entire lifetime. Unable to see the point of anything, unable to rationalize why I survived and my friends did not, unable to reinstate the peace and normalcy that I expected upon returning from war. This is REAL for us, and I refuse to hide and believe I’m alone in this struggle any longer. It has truly been A Vicious Cycle.

This being said, I would like to formally announce that I’ve made a rather ambitious decision to Cycle over 4,300 miles across America, from Virginia Beach to San Francisco. Literally from sea to shining sea. I want to experience the land that I love, the country we fought for and swore to defend, in a way that will be both gratifying and GRUELING. I want to HONOR my fallen Brothers and Sisters who gave their LIVES for us. I want to inspire and UNITE other Veterans who feel alone and at war with themselves like I do. And I need to PROVE to myself that I not only WANT to be here, but DESERVE to be here…

I only have 1.5 months to train myself and I am grabbing this bull by the horns. It will take 3.5 months to bike across America, and am leaving the first part of May. There are over 100 towns along the way and I will make an effort to connect with other Veterans in as many of them as I can. It’s time to stop beating myself up and start doing big things that matter. The most beautiful part to me – is that I already know you all have my back. I have the most wonderful, loving people in my life and I want to make you all PROUD. Especially my fellow Veterans. <3

 

Paracord Bracelets

I’m hand making custom paracord bracelets to help raise money for my journey and they’re actually pretty freaking cool, too.
Purchase yours on the Support AVC page!

Follow me on my Journey!!
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Instagram: aviciouscycle
Twitter: @AVCSarah

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