Well, I bought my first rode bike a couple of years ago. And I want to tell you it took me a good year to actually get the nerve up to buy it.
I was so intimidated by the actual bike purchase. Even though I really really really wanted one, I just felt like I would look stupid when it came to buying one. I didn't know anything about real road bikes, you know real "adult" bikes. I worked extra shifts just to buy it and went in to my favorite shop several times before even speaking to an employee. Then one day, I just did it! And it didn't hurt one bit.
Now the reasons for wanting a bike....well it was to commute around town, ride to work, and just go out for rides on the weekend with friends. I was picturing myself all fit with cute little matchy bike outfit and helmet, maybe sipping a latte on a Sunday morning after a long ride.....ahhhhh.
This was probably about 3 years ago. Then 2 years ago I bought the bike. And now sadly none this fantasy has yet to materialize. And I feel guilty. Guilty because I have my health and no real good reason as to why I have not been riding my beautiful bike.
And so, as fate sometimes happens...... I found the best reason to change this. My girlfriend has a son who just went through treatment for lymphoma last year, he is doing well now thanks to medications and treatment but his disease turned her on to the LLS (The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society) organization. Last year she participated in the century ride for the organization as a way to raise money for their cause and support her son.
So this year I have signed up for this century ride, called America's most beautiful bike ride this June at Lake Tahoe. Yes a century mean 100miles! I am riding for LLS, which is an awesome organization that helps people and families affected by blood cancers, as well as research to develop new amazing medications. So check out my fundraising website here:) I will be updating it frequently as my training has officially begun last Saturday. The people fighting these diseases are also amazing! A guy on my team participated in the century ride training while undergoing chemotherapy a couple years ago! Can you believe that?!
When I hear stories like that, or am around someone sick with an illness like these blood cancers I really do feel like I do not for one more second want to take my health for granted. I have NO excuse for not pushing myself when others would love to have the option to do so.
So where do I sign really was my first sentence after hearing about it;)
The people who benefit from this organization are countless. LLS really shows the money they raise with funding research and even paying people's bill who are down with the diseases. Without LLS so many medications that are currently available would not have been created. They are working miracles, and part of their fundraising is through Team in Training. You can check it all out on my sidebar or the links in this post. But you can participate in a multitude of events to help their cause.....but you perform as well:) Like the 100mile bike ride, or a marathon, or maybe even a walk.
So jump over and check it out:) Donate to the cause to help me with my goal, and think of me on these upcoming very rainy Saturday morning rides:)