While professional athletes are busy grinding away on the Tour of California and the Giro d’Italia, I’m prepping for my own ride…the Tour de Cure. The weather has not been cooperative, and I’ve certainly had my moments of weakness, but today was another milestone — a 72 mile ride with multiple climbs.
Overall I think I faired pretty well, although admittedly I needed a few brief breaks along the way. Next weekend I’ll tackle a similar route, although I think I’ll try to space out the climbs a bit more in an effort to mimic something more akin to the route that awaits me in June.
I am absolutely blown away by the generosity of my friends. Seriously. You guys are amazing. If, by chance, you missed out on my Facebook and Twitter spam, here’s what I’m up to:
One of my personal goals this year was to complete a Century Ride. Another goal was to do something to benefit a cause I believe in. Well, by the end of this endeavor I will have completed one of those two goals. Hint, it’s not the Century Ride. Sure, the Tour de Cure falls just shy of the 100 mile requirement for a true Century, but honestly I’m not sure if I’m up to the challenge of a Century just yet. So instead, a 75 mile ride!
While the Tour de Cure falls short of a Century, it does help out with the second personal goal I listed: doing something to benefit a cause I believe in. Many of us have witnessed the lives of loved ones impacted by diabetes, and many of us may eventually find ourselves impacted by this disease ourselves. To do my part, I will be cycling in the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure fundraising event.
So, here’s the update: I’ve already had to increase my initial goal once, and it looks like I’ll be doing it again before too long. I’m 73% of the way to my $1,000 goal, and if we crush that I’ll double it to $2,000. Amazing. So if you have the means to…help out?