THIS Will Be My Marathon

You have no idea how often I read other bloggers’ marathon recaps and yearn for that same feeling.  But my knees are likely to never allow me that privilege.  I just accepted the fact that I’m not an endurance athlete.

Two summers ago I bought my bike, and running kind of fell to the wayside.  I love my bike!!!

Secretly when I bought my bike I knew I always wanted to try to enter a long distance ride.  (Even though my bike isn’t a racing bike, it’s a hybrid.)

So let’s get to the ANNOUNCEMENT part of this post.

I’m going to participate in the 2012 Ride for Heart with the Heart and Stroke Foundation and ride the:

75 KM DISTANCE!!!

Listen I know it’s not the longest distance ever.  But for someone who tops out at running 2 kilometres and has only biked about 10 kilometres before … this. is. LONG.

I was contacted by representatives of the ride earlier this month to sign up as a VIP rider and raise $1000 and have set up my donation page:

I hope you will consider helping me reach my fundraising goal :)

AND I hope that some of you Toronto friends will join me in participating in the ride.  If you want to sign up as a VIP rider you have until November 30th.  VIP’s receive these perks:

  • Choose which of the four priorities of Heart and Stroke Foundation’s mission your fundraising supports: Awareness & Prevention, Healthy Communities, Healthy Children & Youth or World Class Research
  • VIP Cycling Jersey
  • Event-day hospitality package including catered breakfast and lunch, free car and valet bike parking and special refreshment stops
  • Access to any of the three Ride routes and choice of start time
  • Invitation to the VIP Rally and post-event thank you Ride

You can register in the VIP program and ride either the 25 km, the 50 km, or the 75 km routes.

I’m so scared, but totally ready to start training.

And on June 3rd I’ll go from this

to THIS.

Won’t I look totally cool in my VIP technical shirt ;)

Scary scary scary scary scary!!!!

Who’s joining me?  Who’s done a long distance bike ride before?  Who has any advice for me?

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