I am now DONE with all the costuming…signed, sealed, delivered and packed away into a big plastic Rubbermaid tote to fit into the world’s largest duffel bag. It all fits….barely. Now I’m engaged in packing, packing, packing…a laundry list of small and large items that might prove useful for the Ride. And quivering in anticipation. I’m ready for the ride, I want to GET THERE!!
But relax, it’s still T minus 3 days to AIDS Lifecycle 5. Even spending tonight and tomorrow morning with Mike (whom I am trying very hard NOT to neglect amidst the maelstrom), that gives me Friday evening and part of Saturday to do last-minute shopping. So I will be set for the Ride.
I must remember to eat. I’ve been so busy working on costumes that I’ve barely spared a moment to eat…I got on the scale today and discovered that I’ve lost 1-2 lbs! (I stop eating under stress.) Normally I would be ecstatic, but when losing weight, you don’t just lose fat, you lose muscle as well…and I can’t afford to lose ANY muscle! So I am consciously working on eating more over the next few days, even though I’m not finding myself especially hungry.
I’m a real ball of nervous energy right now…I’m just hoping I can settle myself down before the Ride. I need to catch up on sleep, for example, and eat well on Saturday, so I’ll be ready for the Ride.
But the costumes are done…I finished the orange top last night and decided to make a blue tutu to go with it, so now I have an orange top, blue tutu, and blue trim/flowers on the orange top. It matches quite nicely, and looks, well, as fetching as orange and turquoise are going to look on anyone. I plan to wear it on Day One, as I like to “fly the colors” on the first day. (AIDS Lifecycle’s logo colors are orange and blue – see http://www.aidslifecycle.org .)
I forgot to mention earlier—if you’re interested in following the Ride along, there will be photos and travelogues each day at http://experience.aidslifecycle.org/ . I’ll remind you about it again as we get closer to the Ride. Do follow the photos, I’m pretty sure there will be at least a few photos of me during the Ride. You can also send me messages of support, which I’ll read each evening in camp.