2000 kilometer

ruth 001Within a little over a week it is time. I will be on my (race) bike and cycling for 2 weeks, over 2000 kilometer, to raise money for an organization that helps out kids with muscle diseases and funds research in order to be able to prevent and treat muscle diseases. It is strange and weird that I have not posted about that on this blog yet. And now it is so close, all I can share is the feelings on shuffle in my mind.

As I am working hard to get all the preparations done, I am focusing on this ride more than I have done so far. I am thinking about the kids constantly, thinking about more ways to make their life more awesome. I am thinking about the hazards of the ride that I will encounter. I am looking forward to the information and to all the conversations with the experts and the cycling enthusiasts. In short, there is going so much through my head that it is hard to focus on anything else. All I think is cycling, all I see is cycling, all I hear is cycling and all I want to do is cycling. Trying out the gear, trying out the new outfits and the cool little gadgets that will keep me on the road.

I know I will end up at the side of the road, crying my hydration out, feeling alone and desperate, at some point. I know I will feel intense joy and happiness when I overview the beautiful scenery. I know I will feel grateful for every rider out there who joins me for a while. I will feel (and I already feel) grateful for every single euro donated, for every single bit of help that is offered to me.

So far this entire experience has been amazing already. The many times my status was shared so many times I could not possibly track all the replies of people who wanted to help me. The many times that people wish me good luck, people who I have never met before who come up to me and shake my hand. It is plain and simple overwhelming.

11403155_10204591250122507_2769392194509153060_nHere I am. four and a half more prep days to go. 5 rest days to go. Sitting on the couch, wishing I could express all the feelings of happiness and gratitude and excitement and nerves that rush through my body, knowing that all I can do is just follow the plan. That is all I need to do, just follow the plan. The plan that I did not fully write down. I just used some words and lines and quickly drawn graphs about training intensity and type of training. I just scribbled some sentences in my notebook to guide myself through the last preparations. I did make Excel files with the routes, the addresses where I will stay and a packing list and yes, I did contact professionals to help me with this weird and exciting adventure. And now it is almost time. It is almost time and all I want to do is start already. I just want to get on that bike and start riding. I am ready. My body is not, but my mind is. My body needs some more rest. My health needs those last preparations, but a small part of me can’t wait to be on that bike…

But I will wait. I will take my time and I will do this the right way.
I will take my time so I can ride this ride, for Bente, Finn and Liv. For three amazing children who will be in my heart forever.
I will take my time and silently go over all the people who have showed their support, one way or another. And since I am doing that silently, hereby I want to thank all of you, once again. Thank you!

So, there you have it, my feelings on shuffle, in a blog, on my personal blog…

If you feel you want to support this ride, and thereby the amazing children who live with muscle diseases, just simply go to www.2000kilometer.nl to donate, or contact me to hear what else you can do. And if you want to wish me good luck in person, come to Hoornaar on the first of August. I will ride through this village around 9:30 / 10:00 am. You can check-in for this event right here.

If you have any questions, go for it, ask them. I will be glad to answer them!

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