Over the past few days, I have been preparing for the start of training for the Moab Century Ride. This challenge consists of two components. First, I have to prepare my couch potato body for 100 miles on the bike. Second, I have committed to raising $2,500 for the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society.

To prepare for the training aspect, I now have a bike, shorts, jersey, shoes, etc. All of this equipment adds up in price, but hopefully it will make it a lot easier. I also signed up for the gym so I can supplement the team training. I have even started thinking more about my diet, since I know that will be a key factor in my success. All in all, I think I have the tools required to get started. Now I just have to make sure I have the will power.

I have also started working on the fundraising aspect. I started cleaning up my email list and brainstorming ideas to raise money. On Saturday, TNT hosted an expo with some fundraising ideas. I’m not sure how easy or hard it will be to raise $2500, but I have to give it a go. Over the next few months, we will try a variety of ideas such as a BBQ, yard sale, pub crawl, etc.

This week is also the start of team training. Our first team ride is Saturday. We will probably only do 15 miles, but that seems daunting. We will also start from the same location as the Tahoe team. They will be doing 80 miles. That will make the first ride a wee bit more intimidating, but it will also be good to see where we will be at in just a few months.