Photo Credit: TJ Kearns of bikepacking.com
I had the honor of doing an interview with Bikepacking.com right after the completion of the race. Click on the button below.
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I finished in 17 days, 14 hours, 23 minutes.
* 2nd place finish overall when compared to IRL (in real life). * 1st women to finish. * Beat the current women’s record of 18 days, 0 hours, 10 minutes.
February I got the sad news that they were not sure that TABR was even going to happen again this year. I didn’t want to put it off. I knew I was ready. Even if the race did happen in real life, I didn’t have all my bike parts that I needed to make the trek, nor was I able to even get a new bike on time. That’s when it was suggested to me that I do it on a virtual platform called RGT.... WOW what a GREAT plan B!!
I decided that since it was going to be virtual, I should have a goal/target... why not beat the current women’s record?! All the months of prepping, of crossing off lists, double checking that everything was in place. Triple checking, quadruple checking... D day was here!!
I have never felt so ready for something in my life. I was so excited (as I am any time I have a long day of cycling) that I had a hard time sleeping. The best way I can describe this feeling is like Christmas morning... that’s how excited I get for long days in the saddle.
The first day was perfect, if I kept at that pace I would have finished in 15 days! The weather & my body had different plans for me. The challenges kept coming one by one... thankfully one at a time! They came early on. So, I was still coherent enough to take a step back and ask myself what needed to be done. Never once did I want to throw in the towel. I wanted more than anything to finish but I wasn’t willing to risk my health for breaking a record. My team was soooo supportive with this and instantly switched gears of “we need to beat the goal” to “let’s get K8 to the end in one piece”.
To my teammates.... every single one of you are AMAZING and have helped me in so many ways, I don’t even know how to thank you.
Since TABR has been done, there is an emptiness, but there is also a feeling of accomplishment! I am proud of what I’ve done. I did it for me, not to prove anything to anyone else... which makes this accomplishment really special.
I feel AMAZING! No leg pain, no knee pain, no back pain, no neck pain. I feel like I could just keep going! What needs healing is my weight and my numb hands... yes, hands of all things! You can bet there will be something else... real soon!
A cycling platform called RGT Cycling hosted the Tour du Monde for all of the virtual cyclists across the globe. I can not recommend them enough! The way they handled issues was outstanding and quick!
As a new cyclist, I was scared to enter this Tour. I had an amazing team of athletes... I honestly could not have asked for a better team! They had a lot of confidence in me which gave me the drive to do the best that I could.
I learned a lot about myself... I also learned what my strengths were as well as what I need to focus on.
One thing is for sure... this was THE hardest thing that I have ever done physically and mentally. Those 24 hour races that I’ve done, don’t even come close!
I Finished 71st out of 647 in General Category and 3rd in the women’s category!
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