Back in June of 2018 I did my first AIDS/Lifecycle- a 545 mile bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles over seven days with 3,000 other participants.
In 2018 so many of you were incredibly generous with the donations towards this cause. I am hoping most of you will be willing to again donate to help me help others in need.
When I finished I knew I would be back to do it again. I've decided that 2020 is the year especially since I've decided to take a 12-18 month sabbatical from triathlons- not crazy endurance events, like say a 545 mile bike ride down the California coast, just triathlons.
I learned from my first ride that I am not a tent person- I hate sleeping in tents. I will be going (what is referred to affectionatley) the "princess route." That means every night I will have an actual bed with linens and a pillow that doesn't need inflating. I'll have air conditioning and proper toiletries. I'll have outlets everywhere so I won't need to rush to the charging tent and spend time there watching my phone recharge. I've also learned that I will need to liberally apply sunscreen every day at the start and at every rest stop and lunch. I've learned that while it is most assuredly not a race, there are some serious type-A competitive riders, i.e. I will need to do more training over the winter in my basement on my Wahoo KICKR and include more elevation- thankfully there are many things I need to catch up on Netflix. I've realized I need to take more pictures during the ride- you know, enjoy the scenery. Finally, I realized that helping out people who need help and being part of a community is something that puts into perspective how lucky I am that I can do this and I have family, friends, and co-workers who are willing to help me accomplish this.
Thank you for any amount you can and want to donate.