Our team training has begun. We actually finished our second team ride this past Saturday. I would love to report to you that it was easy and that I enjoyed the scenery of the state park, but that is not the case.

You see, I am the classic desk jockey/couch potato. For the past few years, I have had a sedentary type job and I am a workaholic. I am not overweight, but I just don’t get much exercise.

On Saturday’s ride, it really showed. At times, I was struggling to keep the pace and the climbing was especially difficult. But, at no time did I think about quitting.

I am determined to complete the training and the 100 mile ride in September. When someone is battling cancer, they can’t quit, and I won’t quit. I will have to train extra hard to make sure I am ready, but I am willing to do that.

I am also asking you to help. Please visit http://bit.ly/Patrick2011 and consider making a donation today. In doing so, you will be supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s vital mission, which is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. With the generosity of people like you, there is every reason to believe that a cure for blood-related cancers is in sight!