Your support and encouragement made a difference. It's official. I spoke to the team captain today and signed up online this afternoon.

Hey, how can it be raining when I need to train???? Oh well, signing on so late (filling in for team riders who had to drop out), I've got lots to do even on a rainy day.

thx for your great suggestions trek420. I increased my activity level in the last week while I was trying to make the decision and I notice the same old sore spots cropping up. You're right, now is the time to address them. I told the organizers that I'll need ice packs every evening for this 47 year old body.

I'm psyched. I'll be searching old posts for tips and advice. All suggestions welcome!! Rider: maryellen