545 Miles Over 7 Days
If someone had told me a year ago that I was going to traveling from San Francisco to Los Angeles, 545 miles, over 7 days I would not have believed them or even entertained the thought. Now, however, that sounds like something I would like to do, need to do, am going to do.
By December 2011 cycling had become a full blown hobby and not just something I did to get exercise going to and from work. I had been riding 25 – 50 miles once or twice a weekend. Eventually that wasn't enough to satisfy anymore. To try to quench my thirst for more miles covered in a single day I set out to ride a century (100 miles) Christmas day. I chose Christmas day because, in Los Angeles, there are virtually no cars on the street for most of the morning and early afternoon. While I was riding a local cycling club passed by me and I ended up chatting with one of the members for a few miles. After we parted ways I was realized that I no longer wanted cycling to always be a solitary pursuit. I needed to be with other cyclists.
Two weeks after completing my first century I began looking for century cycling events around Southern California I could participate in. The first one I came across was the Tour de Palm Springs, an event to raise money for non-profit organizations in the Coachella Valley. When event day came I was ready to ride this century only a few necessary stops, unlike my ride on Christmas day. I started out at 8:30 am and was finished by 4:30pm for a total of 8 hours out in the field which was a 4 hour improvement over my first century ride. I now knew that events like this would satisfy my cravings, my cravings for distance as well as being around others with a passion for cycling. I wanted more!!!
I have participated in several events since the Palm Springs ride, but I am about to tackle my most challenging ride to date. On Sunday I am participating in AIDS/Lifecycle, a charity ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles covering 545 miles over 7 days. At first I found the thought of the distance quite daunting but as the event start approaches I realize more and more that this is what I have been working towards for the past 14 months. I realize that I AM ready for this.
Beginning June 3rd, I invite you to follow my progress in near real-time as I cycle from San Francisco to Los Angeles. My position will be updated about every 10 minutes along with tweets and pictures taken along the route.