Hello, my name is Mark and I’m going to ride my bicycle across the country. For the past sixteen years I’ve been a ballet dancer and for eleven of those years it’s been at a professional level. After all that time making a living on the stage and sweating in the studio, I’ve decided to retire from the profession while my knees and ankles still work (sort of). I figured, what better way to celebrate the end of my ballet career (and the start of whatever might be next) than to ride my bike across the country. The best part of it all, now that I’m no longer dancing, I’ll have no one telling me my thighs look “too big.” Although, I think it’s funny that I’m just exchanging my ballet tights for cycling spandex.