Tour De Timor- Day 3: When will the rain stop?

My cycling consultant, a 60 plus man named Wayne has been giving me timelines, and today his advice was pretty simple “Just finish the stage” 🙂 I started the day, feeling excited because I showed Ashwin how to change his tires 🙂 The roads had some serious potholes; I felt like I was on an old roller coaster, because ever

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My Tour de Timor Experience- Day 1

How do I sum up the toughest physical experience of my life? I am not sure what to expect of these posts or if I will be able capture my experience, but the one thing I am certain of this experience was that I was terrified. Especially after hearing about if an accident did happen, it would take 4 hours

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Pre-Tour de Timor Anxiety

The Tour de Timor build up was pure madness: Ramadan, crazy work load, anxiety about the race, packing a bike and accessories, emailing people to donate, Eid celebrations. As a team there was lack of communication and how could I know what to expect? when I have never done anything like this. It was scary. The last days before I

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Tour De Timor-Day 2 Balibo-Suai : Mountain? I was practicing on speed bumps

Balibo to Suai started off very emotional: Balibo 10 km from the Indonesian border is home to a 400 year old fort and like most Timorese towns it has a sad history. On October 16, 1975 Indonesian forces attacked what was then Portuguese Timor and killed five Australian journalists: the journalists are known as the Balibo Five. The day before

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Everyone Deserves a Lifetime

Imagine walking 100kms over 3 days with thousands of fighters to fundraise money for research to fight Breast Cancer. Tonight I met and heard about a woman’s inspirational journey during the Komen 3 day walk. She shared she had the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life: cancer patients who were still doing chemo, survivors, families and friends

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Ode to Toots: My big fat lazy Garfield

Eight years ago someone had rescued a one week old kitten, a week later we adopted him. He was as small as a palm, so helpless, scared and so very beautiful. My father was adamant about not having pets in the house, but we all knew our baby was staying. J We hated teaching him how to use the litter

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Does God Exist?

Recently, I was a temp for my friend’s third grade enrichment class, as she went back home for a family emergency. Two of the girls in the class were fasting, so when I asked the other student if he knew what it was? I realized, when I explained this practice, it really didn’t seem to make sense to this 7

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The Beauty of Traditions: Tai Chi

During my last cycling trip to Mersing, we woke up before dawn to watch the cloudy sunrise. As we were cycling back to the hotel, I was fortunate enough to see a group of older Chinese people participating in a morning Tai Chi practice. Other than the famous watermelon story, and being aware of what chi means, I never had

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Where have all the cowboys gone?

I just came back from another training trip, and Paula Cole words “Where have all the cowboys gone” echo in my ears. The last 4.5 km of a 330 km cycling trip was emotionally distressing. Months back when I decided to take part of the Tour de Timor, it was because we would fundraise for a cause and cycle as

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