The other day James Willamor from the CLTBlog caught up with me in an elevator and asked me about the local charity ride for The Lance Armstrong Foundation which starts tonight called the 24hrs of Booty. I had no idea that the little box in his hand was filming me so I was surprised when I saw myself in the short vignette above. I rode this ride the first 3 years that it opened and remember some severe inner body transfer trying to hold it together for 300miles in that 24 hour time period. The first 2 times I single speed'd it on my SS Road/Work bike and came up just short of that goal. The third time I attempted it I decided to use my geared road bike and sometime after hitting 100miles around 0130hrs I hit a girl who was riding in honor of her mum who had died of cancer. My rear wheel crossed her cruiser's front as I passed a foot too soon oblivious already feeling that funny pang of a long ride in the middle of the night. The contact knocked her off of her bike and onto the grass in between the curb and the sidewalk. Some how I held on and did not touch the floor. I quickly came around on the verge of an apologetic melt down and saw her honor through her eyes. She was unhurt but from that minute on my opinion of my involvement in the ride changed for ever. Needless to say I missed the 300mile mark again even with the aid/not aid of gears. My mind was not in it after hitting the innocent girl who was just pulling her lap for her team in honor of her mom's passing due to cancer. I came up short on the number by just a few but learning that the number truly did not matter was worth more to me because just like Ilan said, "Bill, it's not about you anymore."
GOOD LUCK TO ALL THE BOOTY RIDERS AND ALL OF THE SUPPORT FOLKS WHO WILL BE OUT THERE GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY THEY ARE SURROUNDED BY!
I have to drive down to Greenville South Carolina tomorrow to pick up the 5th dog that will be living in our home. This 1 year old male better than Great Dane is a physically abused orphan who has been under the care of some good people in Greenville. Yes, that makes 2 better than Great Danes and I do not think any laws are being broken.