This morning's ride was a smorgasbord of fast spinning, heavy-duty sprinting and some steady heart rate training. Quite a mix, but with some light rain, quiet roads and the Rascal Flatts in my earphones, it was a super morning. On Tuesday night, I went to the Lupus Scientific conference and chatted up some of the new researchers...it's remarkable how much progress they're making with new lupus-specific drug treatments. The dollars going toward research are finally making real headway - now, if we could get the country's National Institute of Health (the NIH) to increase their funding for all medical research, we'd get somewhere. With this wacky economy, two wars and bailouts, I don't see much of that happening, Obama or McCain. Dr. Shlomchik, a brilliant leader from the Yale School of Medicine told me something that knocked me out: one AIG bailout would fund the NIH for 3 years! This Ride is making real progress. People are intrigued, and we're building good buzz. More to come.