A Bikish Graduation Present

If you read my other blog Bookish, you may know that I’ve been diligently working on my MPub project report (aka thesis) since January 1st.

Publishing to Inspire: The Role of Publications at Adventure Cycling Association examines why Adventure Cyclist, the member magazine of Adventure Cycling Association, is so unique among member publications, and vital to the non-profit’s operations.

About 24 hours ago I got the seal of approval from the last of my committee members, meaning I just need to deliver the thing to Vancouver BC between now and April 27th.

The work was particularly rough this week, but between the meltdowns and the hours of editing, I got myself a little graduation present. This summer I’m going to be taking the Intro to Road Touring class with Adventure Cycling Association!

Determined to complete school this term, I decided that this trip would be a good graduation gift to reward months of hard work. The trip will be a new challenge and a great opportunity to learn. A vacation that will edge me out of my comfort zone. Given everything I’ve been through in the last year and a half though, I’m not certain there’s much left outside that comfort zone.

A particularly exciting aspect of this trip is that I’ll be learning from the best. Adventure Cycling Association held their annual Leadership Training Course in Missoula last year during my internship—I was very impressed about how they run the course, which is just the first step to becoming a paid trip leader for the organization. The course directs leaders in building teamwork and camaraderie among a group of strangers, so every single person on Adventure Cycling trips feels like an equally valid group member whether they’re a newbie or veteran. I even had the pleasure last summer of chatting with the woman who runs the trip I’ll be taking—I felt instantly at ease with her, trusted her abilities, and saw eye-to-eye with her on some important issues.

It took me several months to sign up for the trip—my monetary situation is extremely tight these days. But now that I’ve enrolled, I’ve already started dreaming of doing some shorter trips independently in order to start expanding some of my skills. Increase my confidence. Get back to what drew me to bicycling as an adult in the first place—exploration of the world around me, on my own terms.

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7 responses to “A Bikish Graduation Present

  1. Jenn

    Awesome, Heather! So glad you are doing something to mark the end of your project. You’ll have a great time. I’m guessing it’s the Eugene one. How perfect. Enjoy!

  2. Yeah, Heather! You are going to have a great time!

  3. Sounds fun, and well deserved! Prelim congrats on the thesis. And thanks for the card–it meant a lot!

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