Well, I paid the $95 to do the Courage Classic, so now there is no turning back. It's July 31 to August 2nd.
And, look, I even have my own page: www.couragetours.com/2010/ambervan. Cool, huh? Do you want to give lots of money to Children's Hospital in my name because you're so inspired by my foolhardy bravery? If so, you can do so at that link. I think I have to raise $300.
I'm on "Team Compassion," which now consists of me and 3 intimidating male exec types. Here's hoping more women will commit. (Any takers?)
The ride itself is 157 miles, 3 days in Leadville and Summit County. Day 1: 58 miles, 3985 feet elevation gain. Eek. Day 2: 54 miles, 2230 feet elevation gain. Urk. Day 3: 45 miles, 3985 feet elevation gain. Ugh.
Although I just discovered that on day 2 you can opt to do a "family ride" of just 35 miles, making the total 138 miles. I might do that in the interest of not dying. ("Family ride?" Hah! I never biked no 35 miles with my family.)
So now I'm very excited, if scared, to start my summer training!