Luckily, I've gotten into the habit of going to spin early in the morning. Several days a week, there are 6am classes somewhere in the city (the perks of overpaying for a gym chain), so for the past month I've been doing at least 2 classes a week. It's been great and it's easier and easier to get up at 5am. I feel so great when I'm done and I don't need to worry about working too late and not having time for a workout at the end of the day. I still need to work on cleaning up my diet, but for the most part, things are heading in the right direction.
Why so much spin? Well, I'm getting ready for a big bike ride! As I mentioned, I'm signed up to ride in a 68 mile ride for Fenway Health. It's called the Harbor to the Bay and I'll ride from the Sagamore Bridge to Provincetown on September 21st to raise money for the AIDS/HIV research Fenway Health does.
Fenway Health is one of my favorite organizations, and I'm proud to be a part of the Fenway team riding (this is the same organization for which I help on the black tie planning committee, and it's near and dear to my heart (read: I'm a cheeseball)). Two years ago, I did a tri. Last year, I did a half and a tri. This year, I wanted to do something that would challenge me again, but would also keep me involved in an organization I love AND give back to the community in which I live. I was at a meeting wrapping up the black tie for this year, and they mentioned the ride. It sat in my mind for while, but a friend of mine had participated in the ride the last couple years and when I talked to him about it, I knew I was sold. It's not a race. I'm not trying to do anything for time, I just want to finish. I'm riding with other people who care about the same things I do and I'm raising money for Fenway Health.
I have to raise $1000 minimum to participate, but I'm sure I can do that. I have a great network of friends and family who support me through my crazy stunts, and I'm sure this one will be no different. I even have my very own fundraising page: https://harbortothebay.org/personal.asp?rider=216.
I have a training plan laid out, but due to my insane job and the insane weather (it's either 95 degrees or pouring rain these days) I have had to stick mostly to spin and few rides out on the road (my new bike is still glorious). But the weather is looking better and I'M ON VACATION (woooooo!) for the next few days, so hopefully I'll get some good rides in, and I'll have some good posts for ya!