It has been said (often), that cycling is a sport where one must enjoy suffering to excel. Much like mountaineering or marathon running, getting to the end or the top often requires herculean efforts, and the ability to tolerate a great deal of discomfort.
My training for NorCal AIDS Cycle has been in full swing this past week, and after riding 232 kilometers over the last four days, I hurt all over. My legs, shoulders, arms, neck all hurt… and I don’t think I can ever put my tender butt on a bike seat again. When riding against a stiff headwind, or up a steep climb, the suffering can make me wonder what the heck I am doing! But at the end, I finally make it, and after a shower and something to eat, that suffering all goes into the distant past.
But thinking about someone who has an illness for which there is no cure, the suffering may be all of the time. In addition to physical discomfort, there may be side effects to medication, dietary issues, frequent medical appointments, and things I can’t even imagine.
So for me to suffer a little bit on the bike, is a small price to pay to help alleviate the suffering of someone with HIV/AIDS. This is why I have said “yes” to participating in NCAC for seven years in a row. Because maybe my temporary pain will benefit someone down the road, who has it much harder than I do.
A huge THANK YOU to everyone who has supported me with your donations this year. It really makes a difference, and inspires me to stay on track with my riding. If you have not donated yet, the ride is now less than three weeks away, and I am only a few hundred dollars away from reaching my fund-raising goal! So please click the link below to make a quick and easy tax-deductible donation.
Note: NorCal AIDS Cycle is a 501 (c) (3) charitable organization