Following a knee injury in December, I decided that I needed something BIG to challenge myself into getting back in shape. So right about the time of my 43rd birthday in March, I registered to do the Arthritis Foundations fundraising ride along the Pacific Coast from San Francisco to Los Angeles. It is approx. 520 miles of the most beautiful and challenging route I have ridden. The money raised by riders goes to research and education. For those interested in doing the ride with me and about 150 bicyclists, see below:
The biggest challenge for me wasn’t the miles (65mi./day), it was riding for 8 days without a day off. Day #4 in particular, just about broke me down. It was 66 mi. with over 5,000 ft. of climbing. I arrived at camp in San Simeon just as everyone else was finishing dinner. The other riders got up and gave me a round of applause.
Because I was the only unicyclist in 2002, it got a little lonely at times. It would be very cool to have some Cokering company. How about it?
Scot, this looks like a cool event. I’d actually love to ride it. Even with my new GB4 36 on the way, however, I think that kind of distance and time commit are out of my league for this year. My current goal is to put 500+ on the new 36 by summer’s end, but that won’t happen over a week. That said, next year would be something great for me to shoot for.
As an arthritic, I support the cause and will help sponsor you. I’ll PM you with detail.
Do you remember talking to me about this during the Cal Muni weekend? Well, I haven’t forgotten about it. I’d really like to have an accomplishment like this under my belt. I’m pretty intimidated by what a ride like this would entail though. Could you tell me a little bit about what kind of training you did for it in 02?
The thing is, I’m not quite sure that I’m a monster like you. The most I’ve ridden in one day is only about 35 miles. My current coker is pretty stock, although I just struck a deal to buy someone’s custom coker
I’d like to do this, and I think I need to decide to commit in the next month or so in order to allow enough time for training.