(WTNH)–Over the last four years, Katie Carroll has been busy. But now that the Quinnipiac star’s basketball career is over, she’s going to try something new–biking across the country.
“It’s a whole different type of in shape. Basketball is more sprinting and jumping, this is more endurance,” Carroll said. “I mean, today, I went on a bike ride that lasted four and a half hours.”
Carroll decided to make this 1,400 mile cross country trip after stumbling upon Bike to Build on Instagram.
‘Bike to Build’ is an organization that has service oriented cycling trips that benefits affordable housing.
After signing up for the trip last fall, Carroll was required to raise $4,500 and bike at least 500 miles. She started training right after basketball season ended in March.
The trip starts June 3 in Providence and ends August 17 in Seattle. The group consists of 30 cyclists betweent he ages of 18 and 24, at varying skill levels.
“The day starts at 6 a.m., you bike until 2 p.m. at your own pace, so if you want to stop throughout the day, you can do that,” Carroll said.
“We were looking to start through the mountains of New York and then hit the plains in the midwest and kind of stay with that for a long time.”
So, has she thought about what it’s going to be like finishing that long road trip?
“I’ll probably have just a sense of accomplishment. It’s such a long journey, and with every journey, there’s going to be hard stuff, going to be good stuff, and by the end you’re just proud of yourself,” she said.