2014 Rider Blog

TitleAuthorDate
This life. Alex Knicker Mar 19, 2014

This is one of those times I just need to write. My mind is very busy tonight. Yesterday we had quite an intense training which left my legs shaky and my stomach a little sick. Read more…

Crisis redefined Blake Landry Mar 12, 2014

The Oxford Dictionary defines “Crisis” as  ”A time of intense difficulty, trouble, or danger” Often we cannot control the situation we find ourselves in, but we CAN control how we respond to it. Sometimes is Read more…

The First Ride Christy Nichols Mar 11, 2014

Today was our first beautiful day of spring (60+ degrees!), which of course meant that it was time to take my new bike out on an inaugural ride!  Marissa and I went out for a Read more…

May the wind be at your back. Alex Knicker Mar 10, 2014

Earlier this week, I met up with my sister for lunch. She is my oldest sister, 9 years older to be exact, and this age difference has shown me that sometimes you do become wiser Read more…

Getting fitted for a suit, okay, but a bike fitting? Blake Landry Mar 08, 2014

I have been fitted for dress suits numerous times, but for a bike? Who knew that these things existed? I guess since I always had just rather generic bikes, it was mostly pick the bike Read more…

In The Moment Eric Baehr Mar 02, 2014

Amidst watching and editing a few Portraits from past rides this Sunday night, words spoken by those deeply affected by cancer that we were able to capture on video really spoke to me. There’s so Read more…

Burning Grace Deetjen Mar 01, 2014

Today is the calm before the storm; the cloudy, breezy 32 degrees waiting to dump many inches of snow upon the Midwest.  So I rode.  Today being the first real ride, I was nervous at Read more…

A two wheeled vehicle with a purpose Blake Landry Mar 01, 2014

After quite sometime of deliberating (ever since signing up for the Illini 4000 back in September, about 6 months), I finally decided on a bike. The bike is a Trek CrossRip and is designed for cyclo-cross; Read more…

You learn something new every day Blake Landry Feb 28, 2014

Before joining the Illini 4000 team and becoming knowledgeable about all the various cancers through team presentations, I would see the pink ribbons and instantly associate it with breast cancer awareness.  However, I was completely naive Read more…

Still Celebrating. Alex Knicker Feb 28, 2014

Three years ago this week, my grandma was taken by breast cancer. Today is her birthday. And I am still celebrating. Not too many hours ago, I was walking around Newmark, the Civil Engineering building, Read more…

A new perspective on bean counting Blake Landry Feb 26, 2014

Based on my prior post, I though this short YouTube video entitled ” The Time You Have (in JellyBeans)” was very relevant and helps to provide a unique visual perspective. To see the video, click Read more…

All that Glitters Marissa Castner Feb 25, 2014

Each week at our team meetings there’s a fun question that we all answer upon signing in. Yesterday’s question was, “If everyday tasks were Olympic sports, what would you win gold in?” My answer to Read more…

Firsts Grace Deetjen Feb 23, 2014

In the past 2 days, I’ve been through a whirlwind of fabulous experiences which have left me astonished and grateful.  Friday, Ryan and I had a build-your-own cupcake sale on the quad.  He made amazing Read more…

A simple fundamental question Blake Landry Feb 16, 2014

It is often said that “Hindsight is 20/20” in which one is able to obtain clarity from difficult situations. This is wonderful for personal growth, however there is one rather large unfortunate drawback: one has Read more…

A Milestone… of the sort Ellen Butler Feb 15, 2014

The other evening, after eating dinner I had two options: go to CRCE to run or wash my dishes. Neither activity quite qualifies as a favorite pastime of mine, but in the end, I would Read more…

Who Lives in a Pineapple Under the Sea!? Isalia Ramirez Feb 15, 2014

Today, if this thing called cancer did not exist, my cousin would still be here. She would be 25 and probably have an amazing career, a family, or checked off item 18 on her bucket Read more…

99 Days – Down to Double Digits Kevin Daliva Feb 14, 2014

Yesterday marked exactly 100 days until we leave New York on our first ride day for Illini 4000. I like to live my life in anticipation of what’s about to happen next, so I’ve kept Read more…

100 days or so??? Tyler Levy Feb 12, 2014

Right now I’m just sitting in my room doing some homework so don’t expect anything exciting from my inaugural blog post. Anyways, all I really wanted to say was “Thank you!” I want to thank Read more…

Oh yes. It’s real. Isalia Ramirez Feb 10, 2014

There are one hundred and two days, fifteen weeks, twenty two hours, and (approximately) fifty two minutes until we hop on that bike saddle. 102 days!!! I find myself constantly repeating this hoping I can Read more…

Phoenix Grace Deetjen Feb 09, 2014

It’s hard to believe that this day is finally here!  Today I brought my bike home.  It was a one-week wait from the time I bought this baby, to the time I brought it back Read more…