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Ride Strong

Kyle explains why her 69-mile bike ride wasn't just for her health, it was for everyone's.

By Kyle Richards

I was really looking forward to this week's episode. I had spent months training for this 69-mile bike ride in Napa. Mauricio was so busy with work he wasn't able to train that much. I knew he would be fine though, as he is an exceptional athlete. As much as I was looking forward to this adventure I was very nervous. We had the choice of doing 30 miles or 69. My husband felt we could handle the 69 and convinced me. I cannot tell you how many times I said to him, "WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?!"

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When my trainer Mari suggested the dreaded waxing, I did everything I could to get out of it, to no avail. I asked my daughter Alexia to be there with me because I knew we could at least laugh about it together. Alexia is always happy and smiling, and I thought she would be the perfect distraction. We did have a good laugh, but I don't know if I will ever live this one down.

Growing up, cancer was one of those things that I heard other people talk about. The word scared me, but I always thought, "Thank goodness I don't have to worry about that." Then in 1998 I lost my father to cancer. Four years later, I lost my mother to breast cancer. And that would prove to be only the beginning. Since losing my parents, I have lost an uncle and three half-siblings (my father had three children from a previous marriage, all whom lost their lives to cancer). Now, when I go to the doctor for my check-ups and fill out the paperwork, I feel like damaged goods. Being a mother makes me even more concerned. I not only want to make sure I keep my children healthy, but I need to be healthy to be here for them.

This is why I am so passionate in my fight against cancer. I hear too many stories of lives lost too soon, of families hearts' broken. Taking on a challenge like the ride in Napa helps me feel like I'm a part of this war against cancer. Raising money for research and for those suffering with cancer who can't afford treatment is very important to me. We were so proud we were the second highest fundraisers for the event, thanks to so many thoughtful donations.

As emotional as this subject is for me, I was looking forward to some alone time with my husband. I know how fortunate I am to have Mauricio in my life. We are true soulmates, and we appreciate the relationship we share more than I can put into words. I'm also very lucky that he is so understanding of how difficult it is for me to leave our kids. I think it's because it's secretly hard for him too. It's not just that I feel guilty leaving them, but I miss them so much when we are apart. I suppose the fact that I am like this isn't exactly helping me in my negotiations for another baby.

I was very moved by Taylor's speech at her poker/charity event. It must have been very difficult to get up there and share that with the world. I commend her for that.

It was also refreshing to see Kim more like the Kim I know. As you can see, away from my group of friends, she is not reserved at all. She's quite a prankster in fact. She certainly does make me laugh, that's for sure! A special thanks to my trainers Mari Holden, and Javier. I never could have made it without your training and support!

Answers to your questions:

Info on the facial Kim and I had can be found at

My leopard scarf is Louis Vuitton.

My grey scarf in the limo in NYC is from Club Monaco.

Thank you so much for all your comments! I love reading them!

Xo, Kyle Follow me on Twitter @kylerichards18

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