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.
With the sudden realization that NorCal AIDS Cycle only three weeks away, I feel woefully behind in my training. Between several very busy weeks of work, and disagreeable weather, I am not where I’d usually like to be at this point. So some serious riding is coming up over the next few weeks! And thinking back to a year ago, I was riding a lot, and I hurt all over. My legs, shoulders, arms, neck all hurt… and I thought I could 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 have signed up for. But in 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 pain or discomfort, there may be side effects to medication, dietary issues, frequent medical appointments, financial challenges, and things I can’t even begin to 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 eight years in a row. Because maybe my temporary pain will benefit someone in our community, who has it much harder than I do.
I want to extend 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, I am only a thousand dollars away from reaching my fund-raising goal! So please click the link below to make a quick and easy donation.
NorCal AIDS Cycle is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, and contributions may be tax-deductible.