My goal is to establish a UMCA (Ultra Marathon Cycling Association) record for the highest annual mileage for a woman. The current world record for the highest annual mileage on a bicycle by a female was established in 1938 by Billie Fleming/Dovey at 29,603.7 miles.
I have been cycling competitively since the age of 16. At age 17, I was given a cycling scholarship to ride on a college team. During the next Summer in 2011, at the age of 18, I was hit from behind by a car traveling at 55 mph while riding my bike. My Dad, who was riding with me was also struck. I suffered a traumatic brain injury, spinal injury, broken leg, and numerous other tissue related injury. My Dad suffered a fractured spine. These injuries and resulting surgeries kept me from cycling on my college team and forced me in to a sedentary lifestyle for 2 years while my body tried to recover. It also greatly affected my entire family as my Dad was not able to go back to work. In 2015, in an effort to regain my fitness and reignite my cycling passion, my parents agreed to support me for a month while I rode 2,935 miles across the country solo on a bicycle. I successfully completed this attempt and returned home hungry for the next challenge.
I am now 23 years old. The UMCA Highest Annual Mileage Record was brought to my attention in late 2015. I feel that attempting this new record and at the same time breaking the documented world record set in 1938 might inspire others who have experienced similar setbacks in life. Recovering from a traumatic brain injury is no easy task but there is support available.