I'm pretty excited, this weekend is my second ever endurance ride, and this year I have chosen to ride Bike MS: Tour de Farms 2016. About two months ago I signed up for and have been training for Bike MS— a fundraising ride that is changing the lives of people affected by Multiple Sclerosis and helping to fuel progress toward a world free of MS. If you didn't know, MS is a disease of the brain and spinal cord which interferes with the body’s ability to control essential functions such as walking, seeing and coordination. Currently, there is no cure. Bike MS gives me a great opportunity to raise awareness, educate others and raise funds to support the programs that improve the lives of those living with the disease.
Over the last year, the running community has brought some pretty amazing people into my life. One of those people I happen to consider a friend, have had the pleasure of running with and little does he know he inspires me daily. You see, this friend has MS, yet he runs crazy long ultra distance races. He doesn't let anything stop him. While I can't run those crazy distances, I certainly can BIKE them! The way I see it, any struggle or discomfort I go through while trying to push myself to a new bike distance PR of 75miles pales in comparison to what those with MS have to deal with. I can sacrifice my comfort to bring awareness and funding to this awful disease!
Once upon a time, I was told there was a chance I might not run or walk or use my legs in my future. That future is my NOW. I often go back to those moments and remember the feelings. Between my history of injuries, life's lemons and my current health struggles; not a single day goes by I don’t consider myself fortunate. My story is my own, but for as long as I can, I'll continue to use my body to help any way I can.
I can't wait to get out there and ride this weekend. I’ve felt pretty strong on the bike (for me) over the last two months and I'm looking forward to the fun!! As always, I feel super fortunate to work for a company that supports me and donates upon completion of my endeavors. Let's do this!
Dream Big. Work Hard.