Getting ready for the big one

It hit me this morning as I was getting ready for the day that this time next week, I will be somewhere on the road between here and Austin, Texas.  I’ll be honest, my mind is aware of it, but it has not yet become a reality.  It seems that the hardest thing about this trip is getting ready for it!

A trip like this takes a lot.  There is the money, of course.  There is a lot more involved as well.  Consider that the people taking this trip are all having to take time off from their normal activities to participate.  For those employeed by someone else it means they will be giving up vacation time.  For the self-employed, it means they will give up opportunities.

That is where my mind is right now.  I’ve got so much to get done before I can leave with a good conscience.  I’m trying to squeeze in meetings in every nook and cranny.  On top of that I’ve got some projects I’ve got to get to certain benchmarks before I can hop on my bike.  It’s leading to some late nights and NO riding.

If I can tie up these loose ends and have my email box somewhat under control before I leave, it is going to be a great week!  That is my goal, to throw my leg over that bike and roll out having left things in good shape for my family and those depending on me.  The worse thing would be to have something hanging over my head for me to mull on during the long hours on the bike.  I’d rather be thinking ahead and planning for the future.

What does it take logistically for someone to make a trip like this?  Well, I’ve earmarked Saturday as my day to pull all of that together.  However, over the next couple of days I’ll list out some of the things that we are doing to make sure the trip goes smoothly.  You never know, you might need to know this stuff because you may join the Palmetto Peloton Project’s Challenge to Conquer Cancer ride in 2010.

By the way, I’ve now crossed the $2000 mark.  I had hoped to raise more than this from outside sources, but I am thankful to those who have given to my RideForMike.com and especially to the Wall of Love.  Friday I’ll make up the difference on any that is left.  Thank you for joining with me.