In February of 2012, I bought my first road bike in order to participate in the AIDS Vaccine 200 (AV200). The AV200 is two-day, 200-mile bicycle charity ride that benefits Emory University's research efforts to find an AIDS vaccine (www.AV200.org). With the exception of weekly “SPIN-ish” classes, I had not been on a bicycle since the early 90's; and back then, I owned a comfort bike with fat tires and a coozie on the handlebars. I trained on the road for 2 ½ months and successfully finished two back to back centuries in mid-May.
After the event, I continued to ride. Each ride is an opportunity to learn something new about technique, form, or etiquette. Other cyclists teach me whether they know it or not – whether they want to or not. My passion for the sport borders on addiction.
In November of 2013, I was given the opportunity to join L5Flyers Cycling Team. In the short time that I’ve been a member, my teammates have mentored, challenged, and befriended me. I want to kick myself in the behind for having waited this late in life to start riding. The feeling that I get from being on my bike is like no other. I truly wish everyone could know this joy.