The 2013 Ride to Conquer Cancer is coming up this weekend and the excitement is finally settling in! I’m so happy they have a challenge route this year which means I get to bike 200 miles this weekend (with about 700m of elevation per day). Not bad at all. I’m stoked!!
RTCC has a special place in my heart because it was the event that got me hooked on cycling. It all began when my best friend forced to go to an info-session one day where we sat around nervously listening to the guy tell us about the ride and then she forced us all to sign up… nervously. And guess what? It turned out to be an epic life-changing experience! Ever since I discovered the joys of cycling, my life has been so much better!!
Training-wise, I’m just doing exactly what I did for my first RTCC and you can read more about it here. During my first RTCC, I didn’t get on an actual bike until a week or so before the ride! All I did was a lot of weightlifting, plyometrics and cycling on a stationary bike in the gym and it worked. But you have to remember, it’s all in your head too! In 2011, I was nervous because 240km sounded like a huge feat but this year I crave for even more distance… although I have other worries such as my knee (which I will write another entry about). Nevertheless, I know this is going to be amazing weekend and I plan to enjoy every minute of it. And of course, pig out at each of the rest stations since they always have such delicious snacks.
I heard it’s going to be sunny this weekend too. UGH. I would rather it pour like the previous years because my vain-self does not want any tanlines!! But come to think of it, it was pouring when I did it 2 years ago and I still got a tanline. Sigh.
Have you ever done the Ride to Conquer Cancer or a similar charity ride?