Project: Hillary the Cyclist

One year from now, August 29 - 30, 2015, I will get on my bike and ride 200+km (that's 125ish miles in American) from Vancouver to Seattle with the Ride to Conquer Cancer

I am petrified. 

I am not a cyclist. I am not in horrible shape but I'm not fit. Not even close. There have been many times that I've questioned my decision to do the ride but I'm surrounded by lovely, supportive people who talk me down off the ledge and tell me I can rock it. So I will.

My bike arrives next week. My training will start in September and I plan to document it here, from cycling rookie to endurance ride rockstar (hold me). 

I am not a sick person but some days it's difficult to feel normal. I have some side effects from drugs I will continue to take for the rest of my life, and those side effects encourage the dark and gloomy side of my brain that tells me I can't function as a healthy, normal adult. I want to do this ride to prove to myself that cancer is in my past and isn't my future (and hey, bonus points for being something that can actually help prevent cancer from returning! Yay for healthy choices!) 

So! I need your help. Have you trained for a ride or a run or a race or something similar before? What words of wisdom or tips and tricks do you have for me?