I am not a pro cyclist by any means. Anyone who knows how to ride a bike and does it more or less regularly can “outcycle” me without any significant amount of effort. If you don’t count my experience riding a kid’s bike with safety wheels when I was 7, I started biking in May of 2011. That’s not a whole lot of time.
I know a few things about bikes, but I am a total amateur compared to many folks I interact with on a regular basis at my bike club. You’ll probably think it’s insane, but up until the summer of last year, I didn’t even know clipless pedals existed.
Doing a few organized rides was one of the resolutions I had for this summer - I ride with my club, but I haven’t participated in any cycling events yet, so really wanted to see what it’s like. I browsed my club’s webpage for a while and found Echelon Gran Fondo that will take place in Palo Alto this year - it’s close by, so I’m up for that. I don’t really feel like traveling to far away lands to bike. Yet.
I saw it had two options for registration - pay $$ and ride, or pay $ and do some fundraising for a charity. Of course, I couldn’t take the easy route - I had to sign up for fundraising. Moreover, I had to set a really ambitious goal. Frankly, I saw an opportunity to help out Next Door - the charity I really care about and want to support, so I signed up for fundraising, picked the longest distance option and was about to start planning my fundraising activities, just as I realized…
I didn’t look at the course profile.
Smart, right? Oh well, profile looks like this. I know it’s hard to tell by just looking at the map, but this course can wear out someone 10 times stronger than me. Part of it is Tunitas Creek, which I have tackled before, and thought I would die about halfway through.Oh, forget Tunitas - this whole thing is hilly as hell!
What did I get myself into??
Here’s the good part: I have more than 3 months to train, so I will do just that. Also, I have a fundraising goal to meet, and this is a test of my marketing skills in a way - and I do want to be the best marketer I can be. So here I am, and I will take it from here and make something really cool out of it.