I hated to make this decision – but I have decided to downgrade my road ride in the Livestrong Challenge Ride to 42 miles. I have thought long and hard about this – and my work and family schedule have just not provided me enough time to train properly for a 71 mile ride that includes a pretty good sized climb. In addition, my left hip (non-operated side) has gone downhill quickly the last month. It will most likely be going under the knife in September. So, I don’t want to put too much pressure on it heading into surgery.
But although I have removed 30 road miles from my upcoming plans (and a big hill), I have added 15 miles of dirt (a.k,a. fun). I am going to be taking part in Bellingham’s annual Ski to Sea Race. It is a relay from Mt. Baker to Bellingham Bay and includes almost every type of recreational activity one can imagine. I participated on our corporate team last year. This was our team photo last year (which I took):
The one with the green “hat” is me. Last year I did the canoe leg – 18 miles of paddling on the Nooksack river. It was a long long long way to paddle a canoe. This year I’ll be doing the mountain bike leg! It is 15 miles and the course is not too challenging. Since I have personally seen several folks finish the coarse dressed as giant strawberries or in gorrila suits, I think I can pull it off. It should be a lot of fun.