Sunday, August 04, 2013
I rode all but the last 10 miles of Pedal to the Point, a total of 140 miles over two days. I didn't ride the last leg because it was a steep hill and I am nursing a very sore Achille's tendon. Even the slightest rise was painful, and I couldn't see risking the rest of summer for that last 10, steep miles.
So even though I didn't get to ride over the finish line, I feel really successful. I was smart enough to quit instead of hurting myself.
Actually, I wanted to quit 13 miles earlier. At the next-to-last stop I requested a SAG ride back to the beginning, but there had been an accident along the route that had the rode closed to vehicles, though they were letting cyclists walk past the site. They had no idea how long it was going to be until they could get me through. But it was only seven miles to the accident site, so I decided to ride really slowly to the other side of the accident.
I finally got there, but there were no SAG vehicles. So I decided to keep going, because it was supposedly 11 miles between the two rest stops.
I'd forgotten that this was the part of the map that they totally lied to us about. it was 13 miles. Now, at this point it doesn't seem like two miles should be that big a deal. But really, at that point two miles was a LOT of difference.
Nevertheless, I made it to the final rest stop, then immediately sought out the SAG vehicles and got a ride back.
Now I am home, showered, and icing the Achilles. And I'm pleased to report that I'm up to $1817 in donations--almost to my $2000 goal! There is still time to donate, and your $5 or $10 will really make a dent in reaching that goal. Please dig deep, because this is a disease that can come out of nowhere and completely change the lives of a whole family. The desk clerk at our hotel thanked us for riding because her sister was just diagnosed. It is a devastating disease, and real progress is being made in its treatment, but the research requires money. Please consider giving.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Had an amazing vacation, but I'm absolutely braindead right now. Couldn't sleep on the plane, only let myself sleep about 3 hours this morning so that I will sleep tonight. Today is just staring at the TV and vegging.
Saturday, Pedal to the Point starts. Wow, already?! It's going to be a challenge. Last chance to donate--even $5 makes all the difference.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
But I'm also running out of time. This is the last post I'll make before leaving on vacation.
Did you know that, last year, Patti's Paladins raised more money than any other team? Even more than the big corporate teams. We were all very proud of that, and you were all part of what made that happen. This year we would like to repeat, but donations are running a bit thin. Come be part of that victory again!
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Because I've worked really hard at scheduling everything away from the vacation, I have almost no work to do today or tomorrow. I am therefore declaring today a cleaning day at my house. In the course of working hard and being sick, this place has turned into a cluttered catastrophe! I can't stand the idea of going away and then coming home to this mess. So I'm de-messing (deep cleaning is just going to have to wait, I fear).
And one of the things that I am doing is bagging up the mountain of too-large clothes that's been sitting in my basement for the better part of a year, and taking it all to Good Will. This is HUGE for me. I have been terrified of letting go of those clothes, because the last time I lost weight, I gained it all back. I have this weird fear that as soon as I get rid of the clothes I will balloon back up. Like those clothes are some kind of magic totem.
They aren't. What they are is a drag on my psyche, a blot on the landscape of my home, and a crutch I don't need. I have not lost any weight in the last year, but I haven't gained any, either, and I feel really well-balanced where I am. I am ready to let go.
And reclaim about 8 square feet of floor space in my home.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Pedal to the Point ought to be *hilarious* this year. After breaking my foot and having a disastrous ride, I got sick. And Friday I leave for 10 days of vacation. Which means that I will not be around to make appeals for donations and, more importantly, won't be able to do any training.
We get back on the Wednesday before the ride.
Also, Erin has decided that she simply can't do it this year, so I will be riding with my team but without a buddy.
Nevertheless, I am determined to do it. I am determined to finish the whole thing. Oh, I will tell myself that I only need to ride to lunch, then only need to finish the first day, then only need to ride to lunch on the second. But in my heart of hearts, I will be trying to make the whole ride.
So I'm asking, please PLEASE donate to this cause. I'm way behind on where I need to be, donations-wise, and I will not have many opportunities to ask. So even if it's only $5, please give. Help me feel like I'm doing this as a real accomplishment.
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