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Archive for January 2010

Yesterday’s Ironwoman

January 31, 2010

This past September I finished an Ironman triathlon, which is a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run (in one day). I trained really hard and was in great shape last summer. Then from September to December I did…nothing. I had lots of good excuses- it was cold, dark, a busy year-end […]

In the Running (on a bike)!

January 30, 2010

I have been running and now biking around the world for four years, and one of the best parts is the people I have met and initiatives I have encountered along the way. As many of you know, in 2006, I co-founded “In the Running” with Dana Worth and Mahmoud Youssef, to connect global endurance […]

Independent Woman

January 29, 2010

In addition to testing the limits of my physical stamina, mental fortitude and patience with others, this trip has redefined my concept of what it means to be an independent woman. Note the irony as I write this from Sudan, where most women are completely covered from head to toe in the traditional Muslim burqa. […]

I heart Sudan

January 27, 2010

Before the trip, the country that conjured the most trepidation and curiosity among our TDA cohort was definitely the Sudan. I have been excited about Sudan’s myths and mysteries for months, because its a country I may only get to experience once and have often heard is unfairly maligned. We started our journey from Egypt […]

Local (TDA) Culture

January 23, 2010

One of the reasons I decided to bike across Africa was because I felt that biking offered the right speed to encounter and access local cultures and people in a unique way. Running would be too slow and a car would be too fast, but biking is just right. I have been in Egypt for […]

Walk Like an Egyptian

January 22, 2010

Hello from Luxor, Egypt! Luxor will forever hold a special place in my heart as the first rest day of the Tour d’Afrique! Cycling 90-168k each day for six days straight (approx 500 miles total) has given me a new appreciation for the importance of rest and recovery. We enjoyed a beautiful 90k (a distance […]

Oasis to Desert

January 20, 2010

The past 48 hours have offered more examples of the highs and lows of this epic cycling expedition. Yesterday, after a relatively short 90k, we reached a destination that was truly an oasis. After days along a dusty, barren desert highway, we arrived at Safaga, an Egyptian resort town along the Red sea. We had […]

Highs and Lows

January 18, 2010

Writing now from a very windy campsite along the red sea…sorry for the lack of updates! It is day three of the tour d’afrique and the first two days I was so tired all I could do was eat dinner and set up my tent before passing out at approximately 7:30pm. The tour started with […]

A little bit of “hectic”…

January 15, 2010

One of the perks of going on a global bike expedition is that not only is the terrain global, but your company is too! I’ve been visiting pyramids and eating half chickens this week with a few South Africans, who use the word “hectic” to describe crazy, both in a good way and a bad […]

Greetings from Cairo!

January 12, 2010

After checking into Newark with the most luggage I have ever packed (an impressive feat for a Manhattanista), I finally arrived in Cairo via Frankfurt a day or so later.  Unfortunately my carefully packed and rather necessary bicycle did not make the connection.  The Egypt Air representative asked how long i would be in Egypt which frankly, was not the question […]