Jul 5th, 2009

Goals Checklist

by Maria
Posted in Post Trip

Well, since we have reached the end of this journey, I thought it would be a good time to review the ol’ goals list we talked about in the FAQs. Here goes:

1. To give back by raising money and awareness for WaterCan and Against Malaria.
Over $6,500 was raised for the two charities combined. This is much more your achievement then ours. Thank you soooooooooo much for supporting our charities. Your generosity has in fact saved lives.

2. EFI (Every F********abulous inch) on the TDA. Status given to those riders who complete the entire tour on bike.
Well, a broken bone made that impossible. In retrospect, it really wasn’t all that important after all.

3. To keep the number of times someone finds me “curled up in the foetal position on the side of the road crying for my mommy” to a minimum. ***(Spiros would like to point out that this is Maria’s goal).
Done! I kept the number of times I was found “curled up in the foetal position on the side of the road crying for my mommy” to a very respectable 5 times. ;-)

4. To remind woman with thunder thighs everywhere, that “Strong is best baby!!!” ***( Again, Maria’s goal).
We got this comment a while back:

“I’ve been following your journal during my own preps for the 2009 TdA, and I wanted to let you know that you’ve accomplished at least one of your goals: To remind woman with thunder thighs everywhere, that “Strong is best baby!!!” I was hoping that with cycling some hundreds km a week, my legs would miraculously change into beautifully toned, long, slender, deer like limbs, but I appear to be blessed with the thunder thigh gene as well… But thanks to you I’ve come to accept this! GO THUNDER THIGHS!!!”

Done! Yeehah! Go thunder thighs indeed! :-)

5. Get down to the basics; eat, sleep, ride.
Done, done and done. It really, REALLY, doesn’t get better than that.

And, as a bonus, we are excited to report that I, Maria Abagis, personally, bravely and single-handedly have done the unthinkable, achieved something that even I thought was impossible at the start of this journey: That you can cycle 22,000 km and actually GAIN weight…a considerable amount at that too….YAY for me! :-(

2 Responses to “Goals Checklist”

  1. Diana Says:

    Congratulations!!! Way to go!!!

    I can only add that you are the strongest team on TDA and not just there!

  2. Maria Says:

    Thanks D. :-)

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