I’ve never been much for New Year’s resolutions. In high school, I would say I was going to keep my binders organized, only to find them a familiar mess by Valentine’s Day. To help me get on track this year, I have registered for the 2024 NorCal Green Fondo and will be sharing my training. If you want to join me in supporting CalBike on this year’s Green Fondos, you can find full details and register on the Climate Ride website.
Where I have succeeded is in setting a date, finding an event, and building a process to get me where I need to be in time for the event. In 2013, I ran my first half marathon in Louisville, Kentucky, and much to my surprise, I surpassed my target speed by almost 20 minutes. For the next seven years, I put half marathons on my calendar to structure my workouts, stringing together long streaks of runs and easily covering 150 miles a month.
When Covid came around, I was slowed down a bit, and then the arrival of my first daughter in October 2020 ground my training to a halt. By the time my second daughter was born in August 2022, my body, schedule, and priorities were completely rearranged from that day in Louisville a decade ago. When I did run, the gap between my current pace and previous performance was dispiriting, and my newly developed plantar fasciitis also made running acutely painful.
This is why I decided to book a spot in Climate Ride’s 2024 NorCal Green Fondo this May 17-19. I’ve been putting together long rides on the weekends in the Burbank hills and getting on my Peloton (follow my progress here) four days a week, all with the goal of riding a century or 100-mile ride as part of the Green Fondo in May.
Over the years, I have gone on a fair number of different overnight camping adventures on foot and in a kayak, but I was nervous about going out on a bicycle. While it sounds like fun, I want the expertise of an outfit like Climate Ride to assist me on my first bike adventure. Their years of experience and many positive reviews make me confident that Climate Ride will create a fun, safe, and supported route for me to reach this goal in 2024.
The fact that 100% of my fundraising for the Fondo supports CalBike makes the event a win/win.
Let me know if you’ll be taking part in the May Green Fondo. We’ll have a special CalBike meetup after the first day of riding!