Howdy there! I’m so glad you’ve come to the I Ride for Cancer website. I first want to start this post out with an apology and an acknowledgement – I know, I know. I promised your a blog per day, and it’s been a month and a half since the last blog post. What’s up with that? What in the world have I been doing?
I follow blogs from people all of the time and never really thought how hard it is to find time to sit down and actually write a blog post. Combine that with 4-5 hours of training per day, family time and oh yeah – getting some work done in between all of that – writing a blog post every day just kind of hit my back burner.
But guess what? At the time of this writing, I’m about eleven days from leaving on my 2,100+ mile journey to raise awareness and money for pancreatic cancer. So, I’m back on the wagon – the blog wagon that is.
Big News for Upcoming Ride for Cancer
So let me lead off with the big news. We are now going to be leaving from College Station instead of Houston. Unfortunately, leaving from MD Anderson in Houston just started to become more and more of an issue, so we decided to change the start of the 2,100+ mile ride for cancer to my church, Peace Lutheran Church in College Station.
This move just makes sense to me. We have more of a base of friends and associates as well as all of our sponsors. So we will be leaving June 2, 2012 from the parking lot of Peace Lutheran Church at 8am. I’m inviting anybody and everybody who wants to ride with me to come on out. You sure don’t have to ride the entire 90 miles for the first day, but if you want to ride a mile or two or whatever you feel you can, please come on out and join me!
Heck, my 7 yr old is going to ride out with me initially. He says he’s going to do 8 miles, but I’m sure it will be more like a mile.
Here is the address to the church:
Peace Lutheran Church
2201 Rio Grande
College Station, TX 77845
Which brings me to what I’ve been doing the past month and a half. I’ve been training. A LOT!! Up until a couple of weeks ago, I was riding around 80 miles per day (so between 4-5 hrs per day) with the full intention of working up to 100 miles per day. However, life got in the way and I’ve slowly been tapering off to make time for family and work before the ride.
I never thought I would say this, but I’m down to 40 miles per day for my training.
I’m confident I will physically be ready to ride 90 miles per day so my focus now is to take care of the other half of things – the mental side.
Changing Your Life
This brings me to an important point that I hope to continually discuss. And that’s to change your life. Every person in the world can afford to change something. I chose last January to lose weight. That small decision led me on the path that I am now on and will allow me to hopefully help others change their lives.
If you have been waiting to do that one thing that will change your life, I urge you to just do it. If it’s a decision to go to Washington D.C. because it’s something you’ve never done before. Do it. If you want to lose weight so you can look good at the swimming pool this summer, there’s no time like the present. All it takes is one step and then another and then another.
I’m not Lance Armstrong. I’m a normal guy that decided to lose weight last January. I lost close to 60 lbs and then rode in a 160 mile supported ride for MS in that October. Then I made the decision to ride cross country to raise money and awareness for Pancreatic Cancer. What’s next? Who knows? I need to get through this ride first. But that little step and small decision has led me to this and I don’t regret it one bit.
What’s your step? What’s your decision? In the words of Nike – Just Do It!!