It's the day I've been waiting for, for almost a year now (ever since my soreness from last year's ride faded).
Starting this afternoon, I will be joining about 150 riders and 90 crew members on a 4-day, 300 mile bike ride through southern Wisconsin to raise money and awareness for the fight against AIDS in our community.
We will leave from Olin Park early tomorrow morning, but today is Day Zero - when we turn in all our fundraising money, register and become "official" members of the ACT 6 Wisconsin AIDS Ride.
I will get to see a totally different side of the Ride this year than I did last year. I will not actually be on my bike because I am 7 months pregnant, but I will be a part of the Crew, which is designed to take care of all the riders' needs.
More specifically, I am assigned to AM Pit, meaning I will help provide food and fun at the riders' morning pit stop. Part of me wishes I could ride because I had such an amazing time last year, but I am also very excited for the new experience.
I am also a member of the ACT 6 Steering Committee, which is a group of volunteers who have been working since October to plan this year's ride. It is amazing all the work that goes into an event like this.
Last year we raised more than $300,000 for AIDS treatment and prevention in our area, and this year we're hoping to raise more.
I will be blogging from the road everyday through August 10th, when we will arrive back in Madison having completed an amazing journey.