320 miles later, the Carbon Crushers reflect on Climate Ride 2015

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Not many work days involve waking up at sunrise, stuffing energy bars in your pocket, and hitting the road to bicycle 100 miles down the California coast. Unless, of course, you’re a TransForm Carbon Crusher.

This year, 4 TransForm staff, 1 board member, and 1 supporter took on the Climate Ride 2015 challenge – and crushed it. The Carbon Crushers raised $17,628 and rode 320 miles from Eureka to San Francisco to raise awareness on climate change, car-free transportation, and safe roads for people who bike. Here are some of their stories, triumphs, and inspirations:

Jo Ann Prompongsatorn Farrant, TransForm Operations & Organizational Culture Director

Why did you decide go on Climate Ride?

​I initially decided to go on the Climate Ride for a personal physical challenge for myself. I also thought it'd be a great way to get to know my co-workers. It's a super bonus that part of the money we raise goes back to TransForm. It's a win for a personal challenge - win for group bonding and win for TransForm!​

What was the most challenging part of the ride? The most triumphant?

The most challenging part of the ride for me was the logistics. I trained really hard before the 5-day, 320 mile trip so my body was in good shape, but it was the getting up, packing up camp, getting on the road and making it to the water stops in time that was the most challenging. I really needed to pace myself so I could get to places on time without burning out. The most triumphant part for me was completing the 102 mile-riding day. I had my logistics figured out, my nutrition in check so my body could perform, and I finished!

One thing that inspired you on the ride that you will take with you into your personal/professional life? 

It's all about staying true to who you are and not following the masses. I could have never done this ride had I modeled myself after other riders. I am a slow and leisurely rider who likes to keep a steady pace. Keeping my pace and my spirits up throughout the ride was key. It was fun being the caboose of 160 riders. You get to know the staff who are sweeping the route for riders. And it was no problem riding alone. It's meditative!  

Stephanie Jim, Safe Routes to Schools Site Coordinator

Why did you decide go on Climate Ride?

The physical challenge was definitely a draw, but I really wanted to raise money and awareness about climate change.

What was the most challenging part of the ride?

The most challenging was definitely the day-after-day of riding. I have never hurt so much in so many places! There are many times that I just wanted to quit and take the SAG wag... but I was so inspired by my other Carbon Crushers and everyone else on Climate Ride. It was like we were all in it together- and it helped to ease a lot of the pain. The most triumphant part of the ride was riding my first Century (100 mile day). Waking up at 5 am that morning, I remember thinking, 'NO!' But at the check point, I kept going and all of a sudden, I had done 100 miles!

One thing that inspired you on the ride that you will take with you into your personal/professional life? 

I feel completely rejuvenated and inspired by not only the scenery I saw but also by the company of my fellow Climate Riders. It has made me realize that moments like this and partnerships that I make are really important to making changes in our world for the better.

Jessica Cruz, Safe Routes to Schools Site Coordinator

Why did you decide go on Climate Ride?

I decided to participate in the Climate Ride as a personal challenge in my recovery from ankle surgery last summer, and because I heard so many positive experiences from past Climate Ride alum on our staff. After my surgery I wasn't sure to what capacity I would be able to cycle long distances, and I felt this ride would be what I needed to get back into a strong fitness regimen.

What was the most challenging part of the ride? The most triumphant?

The most challenging aspect of Climate Ride was always the first 30 minutes of each day. It was in those first few minutes that I would work to find a pace and rhythm that felt good for me based on the type of hills, roads, or challenges ahead. The most triumphant was realizing that our team had trained well, because on the last 10 miles before finishing each day, I would reflect and realize I COULD get up tomorrow and ride another 60+ miles.

One thing that inspired you on the ride that you will take with you into your personal/professional life? 

My biggest takeaway from Climate Ride are the friendships I developed with my teammates -the support from my teammates is the reason I was able to complete this 300 mile challenge.

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