Last summer he raced in two duathalons (run-bike-run, for the uninformed, like myself), rode with a team, rode to work, rode on weekends, rode early mornings, rode late evenings.....get the idea? He loved it.
I loved that he loved it, but I'm really not into endurance sports. Heavy lifting? Yes. Pull-ups? Heck yes. Cardio for more than 30
Well, over the winter both Nick and our friend/biker extraordinaire/Nick's introduction to the road racing world were really pushing me to re-think my biking stance. Eventually I found myself saying it would be fun to ride together on weekends. Just occasionally. For fun. Nothing crazy.
And then our friend/biker extraordinaire started sending me Craigslist postings of bikes. Daily.
In the meantime, Nick and I went for a quick 3 mile ride around a local lake. He was on his super-speedy road bike, I was on my mountain bike I've had since I was 8(?). He pedaled approximately 3 times over the course of the 3 miles, while I worked my little heart out to keep up. Not super fun.
And that night we signed up for the MS 150. (Deep breath) We will ride 150 miles on June 8th and 9th. I have ridden exactly 25 miles in the past 10 years. June 8 & 9 is 6 weeks away. I'm not the best at math, but even I can figure out that's not a good equation!
But here's the deal - our friend/biker extraordinaire has a very personal connection to MS. He has family members who deal with very challenging physical circumstances every single day because of MS. I think I can deal with challenging physical circumstances for 2 days if it brings hope that someday their lives, and the lives of those who will be diagnosed in the future, might become a little bit easier.
So. We're riding. 2 days, 150 miles, 6 weeks to train, and the dream of a world free from MS.
Notes for the curious:
- I'm not completely crazy. I'm a CrossFit athlete, and one of the things I love about CrossFit is that it prepares you physically for just about anything. (Except, maybe, all those hours on a bike saddle. Ouch.) As CrossFitters we say we're training for life and this is a chance to put that to the test! We have also scheduled in as many training rides as we possibly can over the next 6 weeks. I'm also buying those fancy padded bike shorts.
- The purpose of this ride is to raise funds for MS research as well as fund existing services for MS patients and their families. Nick and I need to raise $300 each in order to ride, but our goal is to raise at least $500 each. If you're interested in supporting us on the ride you can access our pages here (Nick / Cindy). Thank you, friends.
- And finally, yes, it would have been great to sign up/start training sooner. Our main roadblock was finding a bike for me, and that unfortunately took longer than we hoped. So, 6 weeks, here we go!