A cyclist arrives at 40…

And promptly gets whacked by a cold.

That’s not an omen. Right?

On to bigger and better things – TRL’ing is going great. I’ve been helping out with a series that meets at the Del Norte BART station in El Cerrito. We’ve had good attendance, and biked some really fun routes so far. I’m helping out this coming Sunday, the 17th, as well as two more Sundays in December (the 8th and the 15th). Then, I’ll have a few weeks of random holiday rides before starting a training ride series as a co-facilitator on Saturday, January 4th. I’ll be sharing facilitator duties with a friend on Saturdays from January through mid-May, riding all over the North Bay Area from our starting point at Mike’s Bikes in Sausalito. I’m in such a different place than last year – I’ve found myself focused on all the ways I can give back to this amazing community of cyclists, roadies, and friends. I’m hopeful that I’ll be able to help some new riders as they prepare to make their way to LA in June.

One thing that I’ve not done so well? Fundraising. I have a few things I’ll be doing in the next week to reach out to family and friends who were donors for last year’s ride, but find myself in desperate need of some new ideas. I’m going to try and do less through Facebook, this year, and focus more on actively engaging past and potential donors, to talk more about why I am riding. I’ll be attempting to tell a story – my story and the story of those I’m riding for. I’ll be sharing those stories here as well, in an effort to create a ‘training season narrative’ that I can look back on at the end of the 2014 ride.

Lots of things to look forward to in this, my first week as a 40 year old cyclist. Stick around and see what happens…

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