2015 Rider Blog

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Hurry up and Wait Carrington Watkins May 21, 2015

Assistant Ride Leader’s Log. Bike Date -2.15-05-21.23:30 I’m finding it increasingly ironic that Illini 4000 starts with a 20+ hour train ride. That is, what will be my greatest athletic feat to date will start Read more…

Bike Trek Carrington Watkins May 20, 2015

America. The new frontier. These are the adventures of the bicycle Enterprise. It’s continuing mission: to cure cancer, to seek out new friendships and new feats, to boldly go where this bike hasn’t gone before. Read more…

Type A Peronality Liz Berger May 20, 2015

Days Until Departure: 1 Days Until Pedaling: 4 I have no shame in saying I have a type A personality. I love lists, keeping things organized, and being on time. I can get stressed easily Read more…

The Final Countdown Lauraleigh Heffner May 20, 2015

I can’t sleep. anyone who knows me well knows that waking up at 5ish is actually kind of normal but I specifically told my mom that I may sleep in…..guess not. 3 days ago I Read more…

T-SHIRTS Angelica Czarnecka May 10, 2015

First off, this is my first post on the Illini 4000 website. So to those of you keeping up with it…  hi, my name is Angelica. BUT it is not my first post. Instead of Read more…

Preparing for the Ride: Test Ride Lauraleigh Heffner May 03, 2015

As you may or may not know, each Saturday after our spring break have been devoted to getting in large mile days. We started out with 30 miles the first week and gradually worked up Read more…

“Make the Magic”: To Be a Kid Again Lauraleigh Heffner Apr 13, 2015

Saturday night I had the amazing opportunity to attend a fundraising event called “Make the Magic” for Camp Kesem, one of Illini 4000′s major beneficiaries (i.e. who we donate to). I had never been to Read more…

Teamwork: The Catalyst for any Journey Lauraleigh Heffner Mar 18, 2015

As you may or may not know, I have a pretty strong background in chemistry (as a Chemical Engineering student), so please do bear with my analogy. If you are not well versed in chemistry Read more…

Dreams Becoming Reality Carrington Watkins Mar 08, 2015

When I walked onto campus to start my last year of college, I became increasingly aware of how my life will be very different in one short year. At first, a shift from full time Read more…

Inspiration Sean McCarty Mar 02, 2015

So today I am writing this because the board has breathing down our necks, telling us to make blog posts because apparently people not only read them, but they actually enjoy them! I know, it Read more…

Alas, we meet again Ben Wooley Feb 10, 2015

So, for those of you who have kept up to date with the I4k blog over the last few years, my name might look familiar, owing to the fact that I did the ride in Read more…

The Game has Changed Sean McCarty Jan 05, 2015

So this is my first blog post here on the I4K website. I want to apologize now because this isn’t going to be a happy one but it is important, to me at least. Going Read more…

A Journey’s Start Lauraleigh Heffner Sep 27, 2014

This morning I went on a quick bike ride. It was a beautiful, 61 degrees when I left. Not too many trees have began to turn colors, but walnut trees have dropped their walnut “pods” Read more…

Home, home on the chains, where the cogs and the derailleurs play…. Ben Wooley May 22, 2013

So, I meant to write this some time ago, but one thing led to another and then THOSE things led to finals, which is always a confusing time where up is down, black is white, Read more…

How Often the Train Goes By Ben Wooley Mar 29, 2013

For the last however many years it’s been since I first saw The Blues Brothers, it’s held a secure place in my top 5 favorite movies, boasting the honor of being included on my “You-need-to-drop-everything-you’re-doing-right-now-and-familiarize-yourself-with-this-[movie/album/book/what Read more…

Groundhogs, Pigskins, and Wing-ed Cherubs Ben Wooley Feb 05, 2013

Ah, February. As you know, it started last week, and even if the calendar wasn’t enough of an indication, there are plenty of other signs in the air heralding the arrival of the fun-sized month: Read more…