It's January 22nd, 2007 only 5 months and 3 weeks until my next crack at the Death Ride. Last year I rode the Death Ride as part of the Team in Training organization. I endured sadistic coaches, bitter cold, scorching heat and many grueling hours on a hard leather seat. In spite of those challenges, which I've chronicled in past blog entries, I'm doing it again.
So why am I doing it again? Two reasons - I think I can do it better than last time. I believe that if don't give graviity such an advantage and I get my weight down, that I should be able to finish it an hour faster than last years ride. The second reason, is that despite all their efforts, they did not find a cure for cancer last year. As I did last year, I will be riding and raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
To make the effort a little more challenging, I should point out that I have not been able to ride for 3 months and that recovering from back surgery limits one's exercise options. So in order for me to make my objective of shaving an hour off my time, I have to overcome the weakness in my back and I have to lose 30 pounds - 15 of which I gained after my back surgery.
In a lot of ways this will be a tougher challenge this year. I know many people that supported me last year may have other priorities this year. I'm starting out in worse shape than last year. It will certainly be a long road. Please join me on this challenge. If you'd like to sponsor me please visit Steve's Fundraising Page