My first ride was AIDS/LifeCycle 11 - and I rode every mile! In all honesty, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Yes, I rode training rides before, but never anything beyond 40 miles. I did teach indoor cycle classes, but those classes do not have headwinds or speeding cars around you. Going into the event I only knew a few riders, I was a newbie and I hated spandex. In the end, that week in June became one of the best weeks of my life.
I will never forget those special moments I had on that ride- burgers with the kids at Bradley, meeting some amazing friends, the candlelight vigil in Ventura, surviving day two and quadbuster, and riding into Los Angeles. Through all the laughs, the tears, the sweat, and Disney songs came this sense of accomplishment. I felt empowered, not only because I rode my bike 545 miles, but because I was doing it for such an amazing cause. I felt passion coming from a community which I am now so proud to be a part of. Most importantly the ride gave me a feeling of purpose, a purpose greater than myself, one in which stays with me to this day.Read More