Picasso said “Without great solitude, no serious work is possible.” I’ve got the solitude part nailed. Many Chefs Cycle riders organize group rides but I’m in a different city every day and my only window is 4:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. So it’s just me and the birds to break the silence. (I like to think the birds are singing not laughing.) Besides I doubt I would be able to keep up with the group.
The constant travel means I have to keep renting bikes and searching out new bike paths. Here are the top five things I worry about as I go:
- The combined age of my knees is 120 years old, a fact that is physiologically not relevant but mentally devastating (you’ll know what I mean someday)
- That I won’t be able to find a Dunkin Donuts, Corner Bakery, or Arby’s when I need one (something that also differentiates me from my more fit riding colleagues)
- That I will accidentally use some of the choice words I use when I am struggling on a steep climb, when struggling to get Nate to behave.
- That while I’m celebrating finishing a 40 mile training ride, Allen Ng, Jason Roberts, Sara Polon and Mary Sue Milliken are celebrating an 80 mile training ride.
- That instead of my conditioning peaking on the week of May 25, 2015 per the Endorphin Fitness training manual, it will have peaked sometime during May of 1995.
A big part of ending childhood hunger is overcoming fear of failure. That’s also a key ingredient for completing this ride. As is finding more ways for more people to share their strength. I’m in awe of and inspired by my fellow riders who are doing just that. As you’ll see from the Chefs Cycle website (http://www.chefscycle.org/) this turning into serious money for our No Kid Hungry campaign
Confidence building donations on my personal fundraising page are much appreciated and enable us to feed thousands of additional kids. @ http://join.nokidhungry.org/site/TR/Events/DD_Pers_Fund_13?px=3108579&pg=personal&fr_id=1300