11 June 2008

Sarah's Peak-to-Peak Pedal Training Update

I am three weeks into my training for my upcoming 335 mile bike ride to raise money for the US Adaptive Recreation Center, the Peak-To-Peak Pedal. It's going pretty well. I've been hitting the bike at the gym and also the weight room. I haven't lost any weight yet, but I'm hoping it's because I am adding muscle. You know how people always say that exercise gives you loads of energy, but then you just ignore them because you're too tired to get off the couch? Yes, well, apparently it's true. I have way more energy since I started working out last month! It's amazing. Energy to clean the house, cook, write, and make stuff. I'm picking up my road bike tomorrow and after I get it worked on, I should be ready to hit the road next week.

I'm also 13% of the way to my fundraising goal. Yay! If you would like to help me support USARC, please click here! Again, if you live in the LA area, I will bake you delicious treats if you make a donation to USARC. I cannot overemphasize the deliciousness here!

The other aspect of the ride is definitely psychological! Can I get into shape to finish it? Will it be so hard that I will cry? This weekend I went to see the AIDS/Lifecycle (a charity bike ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles) ride into LA. 2500 cyclists ride over 500 miles to raise over 12 million dollars! HIV-positive riders are also prominent in the ride. The closing ceremonies with all the riders that I watched really inspired me. My friend Cyclist J completed the ride so we came to cheer him. Everyone there did so much hard work which was well worth it. Hopefully I can do the same in my ride!

Inspiring-lyrics-heard-on-the-Ipod-at-the-gym Of The Week:

how come I can pick my friends
but not my enemies
what is it about me that offends
what is it about me
'cause you know I'm only five foot two
and I'm giggly wiggly
tell me again, what did I do
why are you scared of me
I fight with love
and I laugh with rage
you've gotta live light enough
to see the humour
and long enough to see some change

I think shy is boring
I think depressed is too
I think pretty is nice
but I'd rather see something new
all these plastic people
got their plastic surgery
but we got a big big beautiful
we got it for free
who you gonna be
if you can't be yourself
you can't get it from t.v.
you can't force it on
anybody else
-"Pick yer nose" by Ani Difranco

1 comment:

Erika said...

Oh my goodness, you're amazing. A 335-mile bike ride? Wow! Good luck with your training and with Peak-to-Pedal.