A Junior High School Teacher’s Self-designated Summer Homework
Being a school teacher as her only career, and an ordinary housewife as a side job, Teacher JJ isn’t a sports geek in nature. Nevertheless, at 53, after riding only for three years, she decided to take her bike for a sole adventure in France! Furthermore, it’s a jaw-dropper journey, a 1,200 km cycle game!
At 53, still dare to dream?
For Teacher JJ, an educator of 30 years, the simple school surroundings and family life were everything to her. But for all that, she was determined to challenge herself oversea at a French randonneuring of over 1,000 km cycling!
How did she manage to face the worry and doubt of her students, associates, children, and husband? Well, she just laid out a rebellious act to prove them wrong!
Don’t you look down a middle aged woman’s desires for becoming tough and challenging the traditional world she had been hinged on!
To get ready for the less popular journey, Teacher JJ, a female with no interest in exercise since her youth, started cycling at age 50. She began at a 5 km ride in her neighborhood. Then, it turned into 15 km. Then, into 100 km. Then, 200 km, 300 km, and 400 km through self training hardship. And eventually, she passed the 600 km test to qualify for the century old Paris Brest Paris (PBP) randonneuring in France.
With determination, the heat wave in oneself could light up one’s own little universe and open up an endless horizon.
Riding her bike alone in the darkest French countryside, she didn’t even allow any slightest thought of weakness and cowardice to emerge.
She was gritting her teeth and pedaling forwards in a storm of rain and wind to show her students the true spirit of not giving up.
Her Paris journey was nothing like a tourist trip filled with coffee, wine, gourmet and luxurious products. Yet, her story was absolutely appealing and splendid.
This is a book of a 53-year-old school teacher exploring France on her bike. Or, we can claim that it is a textbook for anyone of any age who would dare to risk for a dream worthy of chasing.
The Gate to the PBP France
Fresh Experience at PBP
Journey in the French Countryside
Friendly French People
Welcoming the Heroes
Loads of Goodies for Me from PBP Experience
吳淑禎 JJ Wu
2014年，時52歲，開始騎公路車，首次挑戰2015年度台灣BRM長途單車認證活動。經過不斷努力，挑戰200K, 300K, 400K, 600K成功，取得2015年度SR超級騎士頭銜，並贏得參加法國舉辦第18屆PBP的參賽資格，就此展開一場瘋巴黎之旅。
Starting to ride a road bike at age 52 in 2014, I dreamed to challenge the 2015 Taiwan BRM (Brevets de Randonneurs Mondiaux, rides of fixed distances completed within specified time limits). It’s a long-distance cycling certification for the first timer. After consistent hard work, I successfully challenged and finished 200K, 300K, 400K, and 600K, and won the 2015 Super Randonneur (SR) Super Knight title. As a result with this title, I became qualified for participating in the 18th Paris Brest Paris (PBP) cycling event in France. Then and there, I went on a crazy Paris journey.