Well, actually a word TO my sponsors, and not for this site, but for my upcoming ride….much love, and many thanks.
I haven’t made a huge campaign to get sponsors for my upcoming Livestrong Challenge ride, aside from an initial blog post, a few direct emails to some friends, and the link off to the right. But with about 25 days left, I wanted to say thanks to those of you who have offered to make a contribution. I’m not a full time Armstrong Foundation worker, nor do I do fundraising for organizations outside of the Middle School group at our church very often, so I hate asking for dough. Again, thanks to everyone who has chipped in and will chip in…it IS for a great cause.
Yesterday I started actually having some second thoughts about the ride. For lots of different reasons I’ve not had as many training days as I’d like. By now I was hoping to have some 50 mile rides under my belt, but that hasn’t happened. I was also hoping to be riding at least every other day, but that hasn’t been possible either, and I didn’t get a chance to take advantage of the holiday weekend to log some big miles. But as the day was ending I received a notice that one contributer made a four figure donation to the cause in my name, and I realized I couldn’t really NOT do it at this point.
I set a goal of $2500 in fundraising for the LAF, with a minimum of $250 needed to be able to ride. I didn’t really think I’d hit the $2500 mark, but now I’m over halfway there, and think I just might have a shot. The team I’m a part of historically has one of the largest fundraising efforts for the Portland ride, and I’m happy to be helping the cause. I won’t mention the name of the person, but if you hop over to my page (since it IS a public page) you can figure it out. A very generous gesture from some really good friends of ours…..who would have thought all those years ago when I was a punk high school student….well, I won’t go on and on.
Anyway, I’m going to keep trying to squeeze in rides where I can, and get as prepped as I can. I may have to find a garage sale and get one of those old lady beige colored Sears indoor bike machines so I can ride after everyone’s gone to sleep, but one way or another I’m going to ride those 70 miles at the end of the month!
Again, BIG THANK YOU to all the sponsors! I appreciate it!