This part of the bikes continuing story is most definitely out of order, but timely. After adjusting to bike life, I set my sights on a higher goal: to ride a century. A century ride is 100 miles. This is a long time to be sitting on a bike, but when I get there it will be worth it.
Last Fall, I made great strides toward that goal. To support the MS Society, I rode 45 miles in the MS City to Shore ride. It was awesome to ride that long, with that many people, and eat that many snacks at the rest stops and finish line.
That’s me and the fam after the ride. The picturesque ride takes you through Southern New Jersey on tree-lined surburban streets until the finish line in Ocean City, NJ.
The 1000s of people riding are all there to support the MS Society’s goal to support research and services for people affected by MS. If you’re unfamiliar with MS and the MS Society: here’s a little more information from them about the disease and the ride:
Multiple sclerosis affects millions of people, including our loved ones, families, friends and co-workers. That’s why I’ve registered for Bike MS. Bike MS is a ride (not a race) that brings us together to make a difference and each mile we ride brings us closer to a world free of MS.
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling, disease of the central nervous system that interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Millions of people are affected by MS and the challenges of living with its unpredictable symptoms, which range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS.
It felt great to help the MS Society and if you didn’t already know, I am personally connected to the MS ride. My mom has been affected by MS for a over a decade and now my sister pictured above in orange sunglasses works on event planning for the organization.
So this year, I am riding again, but this year on October 3, I am riding 75 miles.
And I am asking for your support. Last year I raised over $1000. Can you help me beat that?
If you can, donate to the MS City to Shore ride and follow this space to see updates about fundraising goals and progress in my training.