Here's a map of the ride I'll participate in. It's not awful. The elevation is all totally doable. But the distance will be a nice challenge.
The toughest part of registering for this, besides saying, "Yes, I CAN do this," was selecting which child to ride for. All the proceeds benefit pediatric cancer research for a hospital in Long Beach. On the registration page was a drop-down list of some patients you could choose to fundraise for. Some of the options were:
- Celeste - diagnosed with leukemia 4 years old
- Alexis - 3 years acute lymphocytic leukemeia
- Bela - 1 month diagnosed with acute myleoid leukemia
- Aidan - 4 years diagnosed with acute lymphcytic leukemia
- Jonathan - 22 months acute lymphocytic leukemia
- Nika - 2 months acute blah blah something sad...
- Danny - 17 years acute blah blah something sad.....
- Sarah - 4 years lympblastic leukemia
It's heartbreaking to know that each of those children has a story, with parents and family and friends and challenges and strength and sadness and joys. I chose Danny, because I don't know any 17-year old boys that are cute in the sense that you go, "Awwww, poor Bela diagnosed with leukemia at one month old." Teenage boys just don't garner that kind of attention. No, I'm not officially fundraising for this ride, as I'm saving those concerted efforts for the Huntsman ride. But I hope the event raises a ton of money for these and other kids.
Cancer sucks. But that's a topic for another day.
Meanwhile - I have a new goal! Be ready to ride a hundred miles on May 10. Woot!