Tuesday, April 22, 2008

The training has begun

I only learned about a week ago that I had been accepted on the Wanderlust ride. I am so excited and there is so much to do. Not the least of which is getting my legs ready to ride. As the oldest one on the trip, I'm a little nervous about whether this particular 50 year old body can hold up for 5 weeks. But I'm determined, and I know the key to success is smart training and smart riding. My son Caleb is a college basketball coach, so he's my official trainer. He's advising me on the right kinds of exercises and how many repetitions and which kind of knee support to use. Variety is the key. I'm riding a little everyday. On stormy days (like today) I'm spending more time in the gym than outside. I'm using the treadmill and doing weights. At home, I'm using a stretch band several times a day to strengthen my leg muscles.

I've always wanted to try some cross-country riding, but never quite had the nerve to do it all by myself. To do it with a group of reproductive justice activists and raise friends, money and awareness for the movement--well, that's an opportunity I didn't have to think twice about. The response from family and friends and colleagues has been interesting. Some think I'm crazy, but most are completely supportive and excited for me. Aileen said "It's you." That says it all. I do like to be challenged.