I am so excited! Tomorrow is the highly anticipated 2-day ride 150 miles bike ride from Houston to Austin with 10,500 people! Part of the excitement is the weather. This whole week everyone is watching the weather. And it looks like we are going to have strong storms come through Saturday night. Not a big deal unless you are in a TENT! Some of my team are like well, we might call it a no go for camping over night and you’ll have to figure out what you are going to do. And one guy is like, no problem, it’s gonna rain and we’ll handle it. After all of this training and fund raising, I’m like, we better freaking do this. I put the family on standby, in case I have to be picked up. The MS society says that they have some shelter in a nearby school, I’m guessing we’ll figure it out, so this is it. I have not a clue how this is going to work out.
Forget about the concern about packing. A note on that, I am allowed 2 bags. My cot is one. The other bag which is like a duffel bag has in it my sleeping bag and a full size pillow. Squeezed in the pockets are shower shoes (one change of clothes), a towel, shower gel, tooth brush, tooth paste and a brush. That is it! I plan to carry on me my water, a rash guard in case it gets cold, sunscreen and lip balm.
Today I had a tennis match, I thought it best to sit myself out, but instead played for someone who couldn’t make it. I’m thinking, no problem no one is going to get injured, and then my opponent had to retire because of some kind of calf muscle pull/sprain. She had to be wheel chaired off the court. I am so lucky this didn’t happen to me.
I’m ready, I don’t know anyone on my team. I’ve tried three times, still no real connection. It’s ok, I would have done this by myself. Instead, there are a bunch of strangers to me in the same suit. I will eat with them and sleep with them and endure whatever night adventure comes my way.
When I was twenty I talked about doing my own adventures. Now twice that age, I’m doing it. I’m pretty sure I was capable back then, and am thrilled that at an older age not only am I physically able, the mental part is 100% there. The mental component is the one part that I was missing in my youth that is so strong now. It’s funny because, mentally we might be there and then are body gives out! Hopefully not this time.
I’m going to bed. I will be up at 5AM and start my bike journey at 6:55AM. Whoo Hoo!!!!