Hot on the heels of my post on Cyclocross, I'm following up with my first fundraising ride ever. Over the first weekend in October I'll be riding 150 miles in the Bike MS Louisiana ride to raise money to combat Multiple Sclerosis.
I started cycling with some attitude of seriousness a little over a year ago. I was fortunate to fall in almost immediately with the right people (at least, the right people for me). Wes McWhorter of Rouler not only helped me put together my first bike, fitted me to it and supported me along my first few longer rides, but introduced me to Townsend Myers and the ladies and gents of the Semi-Tough Cycling Club (STCC) and subsequently the guys behind Yeah You Ride. I found a group of riders who approached riding fast, sweating hard and having fun with equal amounts of dedication and were eager to pull me up to their level. As the Peter Mayer contingent of the STCC put together a team for the MS Ride, I jumped on board enthusiastically.
Training for this ride (and training in general) have thrown the cause into a whole new light. Multiple Sclerosis is a disease causing damage to the nervous system, resulting in a variety of impairments including loss of physical abilities. Training has pushed my body to a new level, holding speeds faster than what I thought I was capable of and enduring more pain than is probably entirely sane. The rewards are indescribable. Holding a paceline at 19mph for almost 40 miles is something I never thought I could do, but that's what I did on our last training ride. I'm riding this ride for the people afflicted with MS that cannot physically do what I do, in the hopes that maybe, in the future, we'll find a cure, and they (or the next generation) can feel all the joy of the wind in their hair as they ride hard and fast.
Please join me in supporting this cause by sponsoring me to ride (via my page), or sharing this post with people you know. Together, we'll make things better.