Than you! Thank you! Thank you! Together you my community of friends and family collectively raised $2500 for yesterday’s 13th (and my 4th!) Harbor to the Bay (H2B) ride. Sweet! As part of the larger H2B community we have raised $374,000 so far for our 4 awesome local HIV/AIDS organizations. Woohoo!
Yesterday was the perfect ride day: cloudy from Boston to Quincy (keeping the temperature down) and no big strong winds to fight as we crossed the Sagamore Bridge and made our way down the Cape (but we won’t talk about those endless hills on the traffic-light Service Road—woof!!). As always, the 200+ crew were awesome: 8 pitstops along the way where people cheered every rider that panted in, and always had water, gatorade, and food to replenish our supply. And a big shout out to Douglas of Blu Day Spa for massaging out all my knots at the end of the ride—what a treat!
Some of the day’s highlights for me: biking with James who was so thrilled to be doing the ride for the 1st time, and whose prosthetic leg put my real one to shame; feeling strong as I powered up my bete noire: that killer hill outside of Plymouth; getting encouragements by text and twitter as I tweeted out the ride at every rest stop. I also felt again the deep grief of those friends I’ve lost to AIDS: Chetan and Robin. My grief is there in my body, and the tears came unexpectedly as I pushed through one particular hill. How I miss you both being here to spend time with on this earth!
As I neared the finish I was so aware of my muscles and tendons, heart and lungs—all the mysterious wonderfulness of my body—making the huge effort to make this ride possible. Just as my most centered self always knew it could and would. Yet, all through my training right up to the morning of the ride, there was a doubting part of me that continually pointed out how much more training I could be doing or how I wouldn’t be able to make it through this time, or how my knee would never hold out. So the tears came a second time when I passed that “Welcome to Provincetown” sign. I had done it and that centered part was right—no matter what the doubting part had to say. That’s something I plan to hold on to tighter because of this ride.
So thanks once again for all your awesome support and encouragement. It not only gave me the energy to do this ride, it’s doing real good to advance the work of serving the HIV/AIDS community and ultimately overcome this awful disease. I’m willing to keep biking each year if that’s what it takes to make a world free of HIV/AIDS. I know I can count on you and other people I love to do this together.
With gratefulness and much love (and a few tired muscles),