It’s been almost 4 months now since I did the NorCal Aids Cycle X (NCACX) and I decided it was time to let you know that I did in fact DO the ride, and I DID survive! If you recall, I made the decision to do the ride about a month before the ride. The last NCAC training ride was a century (100 mile) benchmark ride. A benchmark ride is meant to give you an idea if you are trained enough to do the ride. I decided that if I could finish the 100 mile ride, I would do the ride.
I had 5 days to train for the benchmark ride. I rode 20 miles on Monday, and 35 miles on Wednesday and that was it for training. Saturday came and I completed the 100 mile ride without any trouble (much to MY surprise). I reregistered that day (around April 12th I think), and I had a month to train for the 330 mile in 3 1/2 day ride, and to raise a minimum of $2,000 so I could participate as a cyclist.
I know what you are thinking, “You were crazy, right”? Well so was I! I went in with the attitude that it wasn’t about riding every single mile, and if I had to sag (get picked up and ride in the car) a few miles here and there for a break, it was ok. I mean, come on, I’m not a thirty year old anymore!!!.
Everything seemed to fall into place and by the end of the ride on May 18th, 2014. I had not only finished the ride, I raised about $5,500 to help those living with HIV/AIDS. Among the riders and crew, the talk wasn’t “wow you did it with so little training!” it was “wow you raised THAT MUCH money in such a short time?!? 🙂
The riding part was up to me, and I did have to sag some both of the first two days due to problems with the heat. When it was 100 degrees out and my skin was dry and I had chills and goosebumps – it was time to surrender for that day. Though I had given myself permission to take care of myself and hitch a ride if need be, I was disappointed in myself. Though I completed the ride, the real heroes were those of you who joined me in the fight to beat HIV/AIDS by so generously supporting me with your donations to NCAC. Because of all of you, there is money to support programs here in the greater Sacramento area that help those living with HIV/AIDS. Because of you there is money to establish new services for education, testing and treating those in the more rural areas in Northern California.
As a group we raised approximately $333,000 dollars this year. On August 20, 2014 NCAC distributed $222,100 to our beneficiaries, and another $9,000 has been saved to give away in grants in the winter months of 2015. This means that 72% of the funds raised by participants went directly to our beneficiaries, making NCAC the largest HIV/AIDS fundraiser in the Sacramento and Northern California area.
As I wrap this up, I am proud to say I have already registered for the 2015 NCAC ride and am looking forward to being better prepared physically this year:) I have a couple of rides coming up this fall, and the official training rides will be starting up before I know it. Stay tuned for more information to come. In the meantime, if you want a tax break before the end of this year, please think about joining me again in supporting this worthwhile cause. You may click HERE to go directly to my donation webpage.