This has been a great, but difficult week on the bike. I was able chalk up 185 miles. I was hoping to crack 200 but the weather was in a word, HOT!!!! Not just hot, but crazy humid as well. For good measure I was riding with full gear = 35 extra pounds. While this proved to be a bit demanding, it was certainly good training none the less. I am getting comfortable with the added weight and slowly but surely, I am finding a pace that I can sustain regardless of distance. The one area I am still trying to figure out is staying hydrated; especially in this weather. Try as I might, I can't seem to take in enough water. I have to keep working on this or dehydration will cause problems.
The good news is that a great friend, Ross was visiting, so I got to ride 2 days with him. On today's recovery ride, my wife also joined to make for an awesome day! Normally I tend to ride by myself; mostly because of my schedule. With my ride set to start in 19 days, I hope to ride more often with friends. Starting on the 9th of September, I will be off on the longest ride of of my life - alone. I am certain there will be many times during the ride I will be wishing I had others around to support and encourage.
I want to give a shout out to all of your that have donated to these worthycauses. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart. I want to take a moment to share with you a few other experiences I have encountered to date.
- One of my best friends shared with me that his daughter - in her 20s, was diagnosed with MS 2 years ago, and just before her wedding.
- Someone I did business with over 15 years ago saw my blog and made an awesome donation, in honor of the son of his best friend who was diagnosed 2 years ago with narcolepsy. This young man is the same age as my son.
- I found out the daughter of a HS friend has cataplexy.
- Someone I use to coach swimming with was inspired with my blog, and signed up to do the MS 150 ride.
- I have met people during my training rides that are generally interested in and support what I am about to embark on.
Yes I want to meet my donation targets of $5,000 for both of these organizations, but any increase in awareness I can bring, or inspiration I can instill is just as important.