Barbells Bikes and Bones was a cross country awareness ride for bone marrow donation. I rode my bike from my home, the San Francisco Bay Area, to Charleston, South Carolina, and then finally to Atlanta, Georgia. I concluded at the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University, but then continued riding for myself afterwards. Thankfully, I had the support from two different organizations to make this a little less overwhelming!
When I contacted Be the Match and told them that I would like to help grow their registry of bone marrow donors, they immediately started helping me plan. As I cycled, they helped me map my route so that I could visit as many donor drives and publicity events as possible. Since it’s incredibly easy to meet lots of amazing people when you’re traveling on a bike, I encouraged as many of them as I could to join me in attending events for Be the Match.
As a dedicated CrossFitter with Prometheus CrossFit, I know that the CrossFit community is made up of kind, caring people whose enthusiasm is infectious. In addition to making new friends I encountered on the road, I also visited as many CrossFit affiliates as I could. It was great to vary my daily cycling exercise with some CrossFit WODs.
Though I traveled by myself for the most part, I had many cyclists join me for different parts of the journey!
Four years after coming home and leaving the blog dormant, it’s time to start it up again with two new passions – veganism and coding! And so we add Biytes to the title!