Less than 3 days until the Autoimmune Expedition begins. I’m really excited to finally get going after 8 months of planning, preparing, and training. Of course, I’m also a little nervous. I wonder how my body will hold up after consecutive days of hard efforts, climbing at altitude, and enduring summer heat. Only one way to find out…
I have loaded my bike, and it’s a little discouraging how heavy it is. Oh well. I will just have to grind away slowly and rest well when I can. I don’t want to end up at the base of Mount Rainier completely burned out. I’ll just keep telling myself “one more pedal, or one more step”. I am excited that I could be standing on the summit of Rainier in just over a week!
My fundraising efforts have been successful so far. It’s amazing how challenging it is to raise money. There are so many worthy causes out there. If I can contribute a little to research I will be happy, but I’m even more focused on simply raising awareness of these rare autoimmune/ arthritis diseases. Little is known about these conditions, but increased awareness will go along way to getting more support.
I hope everyone will stay tuned to this blog during the trip. I will try and update as often as I can throughout the trip. Thanks for all your support and encouragement.