I am still riding 20+ miles on most weekends (short rides during the week after work as time permits). That distance is now so comfortable that it's a typical ride when we are short on time.
There is a memorial ride this Saturday in Los Angeles to honor the fallen LAPD SWAT officer Randy Simmons who lost his life in a tragic shoot-out last week. My father is a retired LAPD detective so the department is like a family to me. My heart has been heavy this past week as I think about Randy, his family, and his comrad who was critically injured, and I would like to be able to complete this ride in his honor and to contribute to the fundraiser.
The ride will be slow and they are asking all cyclists to join (including recreational). There will be a couple of short breaks plus a 30-minute wreath-laying ceremony at the place where Randy lost his life. I know of at least one big climb -- the hill back to the starting point at the Los Angeles Police Academy (where I swam in the big swimming pool almost every summer as a kid).
Memorial ride for fallen LAPD officer, THIS SATURDAY 0800
Is this doable for me? I didn't learn about it until just this morning! What kind of preparation do I need between now and early Saturday morning? As much as I dislike riding at night, I plan to ride tonight and tomorrow, maybe a *very* easy ride on Friday morning (or not?). I can carry 2 water bottles to which I usually add a little apple juice. I have two days to get myself and the bike ready, and we haven't ridden in a group yet. They hope to enlist LAPD motor officers for support.
I don't want to handicap the group but they are asking all cyclists to join.... it is not a timed ride, they will go slow, possibly have an escort, and the weather will be cool. Help! Am I over-reaching?