I’ve been quiet on the social media front for a while now, I guess because I’ve been busily, greedily, living life, and unwilling to pause. But, I’m about to embark on an adventure – as in Tuesday, October 16th at 8 a.m. eastern time – which is so much larger than I, and yet, is also quite personal; so I’ve decided to write about it as regularly as possible over the course of the next two weeks.
You see, I’ve signed up to tackle a pretty big physical challenge, a 1098 mile bike ride – NOT a race – over 12 days. Obviously, that’s quite a personal endeavor, as it’s my butt that’s going to be on the seat of my bike for many hours. Hopefully not 100 hours, but also hopefully not too many more than 75 or 80. Time will tell.
Why? Well, it’s a fundraiser, to raise $$ for Alzheimer’s research. Specifically, to raise funds to support the new Pat Summitt Foundation, which is a granting organization committed to finding a cure for this horrible life-ending disease which ravages people’s sense of themselves and ability to remain connected with those they love. And this evening, as the crazy cyclists, dedicated ride support team members, generous sponsors, and hardworking foundation folks gathered to mark the start of this inaugural ride, the whole thing became very real. This is about changing the future and making the present more manageable, both solving the intractable problem of Alzheimer’s and caring for those afflicted today to improve their lives and those of their loved ones. This is not a remote, somebody else’s problem, but one that has touched and, sadly, will touch so many of our lives.
I could write a lot more, but I won’t, not right now, as tomorrow’s wake-up call comes early, in about seven hours. Of course, I’m feeling pretty jittery, that pre-game, pre-race adrenalin is racing through my veins like a dog chasing a cat. Get me on my bike!!!! Even though I’m gonna turn off the light, I don’t think sleep and I will be snuggling up close for most of the night, but that’s okay. I’m ready and rarin’ to go. Not despite the nerves. The nerves are evidence that I’m ready…. Excitement and apprehension can feel quite similar from a physiological perspective, after all. We get to decide what’s what, and I’m going for excitement.
But, I digress….. if you want to know more about my reasons for doing this ride, and a lot of it has to do with the amazing woman who is being honored, Pat Summitt of Lady Vols basketball fame, or why the ride is 1,098 miles, here’s a link that will provide you with more info: gofundme.com/ginnypedal4pat.
Think of me and my fellow riders…. Send us energy, we’re gonna need it. 1098 is a BIG number.