Wednesday, May 6, 2015

In Case I Haven't Already Told You Four Times...

I made a really big decision last week. As a result the past few days have been especially busy, but for a very good reason. I'm trying to make the most of the last few weeks of school. I want to be the best Alg 1 and Applied Calc teacher there is, because time is running out.

The last day of school is 25 days away, and when I say the last day, I mean the very last! The decision I made was to resign from teaching to race my bike full time for a year or two (or three or ten, who knows!).

This decision wasn't made lightly, it's been in the back of my mind for at least a year because Brendan has wanted this for about that long, and I am still processing what it means. Sometimes I am elated to be following a dream that will expire if I wait too long. Another part of me is pretty scared to leave a normal, comfortable job in which I am pretty unlikely to fail to take up a very unconventional job at which I may very well fail. I will miss the Algebra 1 and Applied Calculus students who make me laugh, test my patience and make me so proud every day, but the best part is that I can always go back to that. There will always be cute 9th graders who need to learn Algebra, and this is my one shot at giving bike racing my all!
Starting June 18 it's going to be racing bikes all day eer day!
So now it's time to pursue the dream 100% No more excuses that I was on my feet all day the day before a big race. No more waking up at 4:30am, and getting sick 20 times a year from germ infested high schoolers (I mean that in the nicest possible way). No more missing races because I couldn't get the time off work to travel to them, and no more bloodshot eyed Monday mornings in 0 period where the kids want to know if I'm on drugs. No kids, I am just very tired. No person should race 50 miles and then immediately drive from Prescott, AZ to SoCal!

So, who wants to spend September, October and November in Moab/St George/Sedona/Prescott/ALL THE FUN PLACES!!!! with me? :)


  1. Congratulations Larissa! I've enjoyed following ur progress! Spread those wings and let er rip!!

  2. This is the coolest thing. You are an inspiration!

  3. GO, Larissa, be strong, be fast - and keep smiling! :)


  4. You go GIRL!! Keep that infectious smile and attitude on your way to the top.
    Go get 'em

  5. As a former high school math teacher and mountain bike enthusiast, I am really excited for you. Your blog is very inspiring.