Ride for 2020 is cancelled
"Let's get those leg muscles going while I tell you what I'm about. I live life with no regrets. Abraham Lincoln died. It didn't have to happen. Let's riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiide!" -SNL
Hey, no regrets here. Let me tell you 5 things I'm still grateful for:
1. That I'm a way better rider now than I was last fall when I signed up. I'm stronger and technically sounder.
2. That I've lost almost 20 pounds because the upcoming ride spurred me to finally take action and do what I knew needed to be done. And though LifeCycle is cancelled, I'm all in on losing maybe another 20? 30? I'll see how I feel. By the way, I highly recommend the WW app for any of you who might want to drop some weight. It's fantastic.
3. That the training rides I took with large groups taught me more about safety in a pack, and also introduced me to new people and new places. During training this year I rode through Griffith Park, to Point Mugu and back, through the Burbank Studios and to the Library on Brand, through Carpinteria, and all around Saugus's famous bike paths. My world was expanded.
4. That that being HIV-positive is no longer a death sentence like it was 20-30 years ago. Several of the people I rode with have HIV but it's undetectable. I also learned that the same class of meds that battles HIV is also being used for other viruses, and in fact, it has been found helpful for Covid-19. So the fundraising we do helps many people beyond just those with HIV.
5. Last but definitely not least, that so many people cared about what I set out to do. I was very serious when I said I'll be riding with each of you in my heart. Though it won't be from SF to LA (at least this year) it will still happen every time I hop on Ruby.
I had promised one of my donors that I'd ride with their loved one's initials on my body during LifeCycle. I'm disappointed that I won't fulfill that commitment this year. But I'm honoring that donor and that donor's loved one right here, right now. You know who you are, I know I don't need to say anything else.
Be strong and be well, each of you. Thank you again. - Marian