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the lowdown on my bigass ride

If you remember from a couple of weeks back (see earlier entry: "having a goal is a good start"), I signed on to do a big ass ride in August, to raise a buncha money for the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America and other organizations that serve people with IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Diseases). Yes, it IS rather self-serving, since I have Crohn's, but, well, God helps those... um, you know the rest.

I have signed up to ride 210 miles on my bicycle in three days' time. Yes, that's 70 miles a day. It's more than I've ever done, but not out of reach by any means. I am doing this to raise both money, and awareness, about what life is like when you have Crohn's or another IBD, and specifically I am riding because I CAN, for those with IBD who can't (and there are over a million people in this country who have IBD, and a lot of them cannot ride my short commute each day, let alone a ride like this). There are folks with IBD so bad they can't get out of bed in the morning, or they can but they bonk by lunchtime because they are so fatigued it's not funny, or they've lost so much of their digestive pathway to their illness that they are on crazy-powerful drugs, and/or intravenous feeding to maintain their nutrient level.
Every case of IBD is different and they are all intense in some way, physical or emotional or both.

I am blessed, if you want to call it that, with a milder form of Crohn's that allows me to still do things like hold down a job, hang out with my family and friends, and ride my bike. I still have to deal and some days it's very hard, but most days I can definitely get out of bed and ride my bike. So I am blessed beyond belief.

That's it in a large nutshell. (I am preparing a more formal letter that says basically the same thing, that I will give to folks I know perhaps a little less well than those of you who read my blog.)

For those of you who have expressed a desire to cut to the chase, who don't want to wait for my fundraising letter (that I will have poured my heart and soul and not a little thought into), who know already that they want to put some money behind my bicycle ride and would rather just do it the online way, here's what you need to know.

You will need my My Rider Number (IMPORTANT), which is "S-15".
That's S as in Seattle, and Fifteen.
This number helps the folks at big ass ride HQ keep track of how much money I have specifically raised. I am pledged to raise $2,000 dollars, one dollar for each mile I rode in 2006 (Well, I rode a few more than that but 2,000 is a nice round number).
To donate online you can go to the website: www.ibdride.org and click on "Donate" in the upper right corner. From there you will get all the info you need to donate online, or print out a form and send it in with a check. Remember to put my name and especially my Rider Number on anything you send in. It's important.

So if you've "seen the trailer", as it were, and don't want to wait for the "movie", there it is. Thank you TONS.
And if you wanna go for a bike ride with me while I prepare, that would be great too. I'd love the company and I promise that not every ride will be an epic hill-climb. Seriously.



Good luck plus a question

Beth, good luck with your ride and fundraising. If I may be consumerist for a brief spell, what make and model is that jacket you are wearing? --Perry

Re: Good luck plus a question

Ah. Yes, well, that is a jacket thhat is no longer available.
It's Burley's "Rapid Rider" jacket, circa 2001.
Sad. I always thought this was the best breathable jacket Burley ever made. Going to the Rock Point was simply a big mistake.
My Rapid Rider is dirty, the yellow has faded, and there are patches on one shoulder where I snagged a fence. Still, I'll never get rid of it.


Re: Good luck plus a question

Ah. Yes, well, that is a jacket thhat is no longer available.

Makes perfect sense. Change for the sake of change. What good is anything if it's not new and different from last year's model? :-)
--Cheers, Perry