It has been a couple of weeks since my last post. 3 weeks ago my team and I were introduced to Usery Pass. It is a road that leads to the Salt River and is very popular with Motorcycle riders, Campers, and Cyclists. Real DESERT BEAUTY! Behind that beauty lies a ride that was SOOO challenging. It consisted of a 3 and 1/2 mile steady incline along with rolling hills that I need to get up. Let me start by saying I LOVE LOVE LOVE riding down hill at 44 miles per hour! Pretty exhilarating! What I DON'T love...are those DANG HILLS that I need to conquer before my decent!
My ride yesterday was 46 miles! I was quite a bit faster then the first time up dreaded usery pass and NO cussing was involved! What is even funnier are the "real" cyclist that continue to pass be up but have words of encouragement for me! I am not going to lie I NEEDED IT! On the decent back down from usery pass I noticed just how fast I was going and thought to myself..."I rode up this?" Kind of amazing considering the "wimp" I am! There were a few times when I found myself alone and really thought about stopping and turning around. It was those times that I called on Heavenly Father for a little extra strength to make it and I found the will to push forward. It may sound a little silly but it is all about endurance and the reasons I am doing this.
Everyone in 1 way or another has been effected by cancer. Whether it was a personal battle to live or you were witnessing a loved one fight it...we have all been touched by it.
I am collecting donations for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society...my 100 mile cycle ride is in memory of my Dad who lost his battle with non Hopkins Lymphoma on November 16, 2010. Please do what you can to help me raise money towards my ride. Every little bit helps ;)