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should I stay or should I go? (feedback welcome!)

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March 8th, 2008 | 04:25 pm
posted by: kateorama in aidslifecycle

Hey ALCers -- this post ends in a question, but there's a lot of backstory.

I did ALC6 and LOVED IT, and am signed up for ALC7. I'm struggling, though, with a decision about riding or not riding this year. My original plan was to do the ride, come back, teach for five weeks (very high stress, but extra income), and then go home (east coast) for the summer to help my mom with her old-age issues -- moving to an assisted living facility, getting the house ready to sell, etc.

That sounded like too much, and I'm already awash in stress and anxiety most of the time. Plus, my work life has been so busy I've hardly had time to bike (just once a week, starting in January). So I decided I would not ride, and I would just donate what I'd already raised to one of my friends who is doing the ride again this year.

So now it's March, and when I was biking today, I thought about missing ALC7 and I totally started to cry. And then I thought -- well, I *could* skip the summer teaching instead. I could do the ride (or roadie if it's not too late, or travel in parallel (in my car) and be one of those delightful community members who hand out treats or cheer people on or whatever).

So now I'm kinda stuck. I can check out the roadie option for myself (I'm guessing it's too late), and I know I can volunteer at the registration/orientation or the first day. But what would it take at this point for me to be able to actually do the ride? Last year, I did 1500 miles of training from January to the start of ALC6. So far this year, I've biked maybe 200 miles. Haven't done back-to-back rides yet. Longest ride so far was 45 miles.


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from: kateorama
date: March 10th, 2008 03:52 am (UTC)

Actually, I'm already registered (#1117) for this year's ride -- signed up on the last day of ALC6. Otherwise, yes, that would've been convenient. Thank you for the other suggestion, which is a good one, and I'll keep it in mind as I figure out what to do.

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