Riding the Edge of the Explosion

About a year and a half ago, I was riding my bike faster than I had ever gone before. It was an exhilarating time as I trained for my first mini-tour and my first century. As we rode, my friend Frank told me the best way to live was by “riding the edge of the explosion.” 

Riding the edge of the explosion means feeling just barely out of control. In the most deliciously powerful way, you move your life forward without regret for where you were, but with excitement for where you’re going.

I love this philosophy. 

"Thought I had missed this shot (hard to fish phone out of jersey after biking 103 miles in a 103 degree heat index) but managed possibly to have captured a glimpse of the indomitable core of  Maggie Kantor . Way to hang in there. Really enjoyed facing the challenge with you, Jen, Ben and the folks who used our little train to help pull themselves home." - Frank McIntosh

"Thought I had missed this shot (hard to fish phone out of jersey after biking 103 miles in a 103 degree heat index) but managed possibly to have captured a glimpse of the indomitable core of Maggie Kantor. Way to hang in there. Really enjoyed facing the challenge with you, Jen, Ben and the folks who used our little train to help pull themselves home." - Frank McIntosh

Frank snapped this picture of me after riding the longest distance I have ever gone. I broke my peddles on the way back to town, but I kept going with my now husband until the finish line. The sunburn and my achey body were no match for the absolute joy of finishing something so monumentally difficult and outside of what I thought I could accomplish.

Once I finished the Century, I knew I could finish just about anything. I followed up the Century with completing my graduate degree while working full time, getting married, finding a new job and moving across the country. As much as these changes are going to dramatically shift my life's course, I know that I'm equal to all of them, just like I know I'm equal to a blazing hot 100-mile ride in the Low Country.

My biggest goal now is to translate that confidence into amazing new projects for not only myself, but for everyone around me. I want to raise everyone up, help them find their genius and let them feel as amazing as I felt on that August day.