This weekend I rode in the New Mexico MS 150 Bike Ride for the third year in a row. After my diagnosis in March of 2012 I knew that staying active was more important than ever and to be able to do that while giving back to this wonderful cause has been a blessing. I am very aware that due to the unpredictable nature of MS there may come a day that I cannot run marathons, do triathlons, or ride a bike anymore, so I feel that it is my duty to do what I can now in the present.
I love doing this ride every year because it is such an uplifting weekend with people coming together to raise money for MS research and awareness. Here are some pictures from the weekend’s festivities:
This is Day 1, my husband, Rick, David (a friend of mine for over 27 years!), me, then another Rick (who has been a friend for 25 years!)
The “Ricks” taking a well deserved break at a rest stop around mile 80.
The end of Day 1 and 150+ miles done! There may have been a little fall at the end of Day 1 at the finish line. Note to self: Don’t attempt to high-five someone while still riding your bike…taking a hand of the bars before coming to a complete stop may not be the smartest idea after 100 miles.
I got to reunite with Larry, a fellow MSer friend from Colorado who comes to New Mexico to do the ride every year. He is one tough cyclist (I suppose all those mountains in Colorado make for good training!). I enjoy seeing him and his wife every year. Larry is a source of inspiration and support to me, for which I am very grateful.
Celebrating after a tough climb on the course:
I’m overwhelmed by the love and support:
Day 2 and 50+ miles complete! And there was yet another fall off the bike at some point during this ride…something to do with a washed out road, lots of sand and not being able to unclip in time. Oh well!
Time to celebrate, recover and get back to Ironman training!
Words simply cannot describe the gratitude I feel in my heart after this weekend’s MS Bike Ride. While I never would have chosen to be stricken with this disease that has no cure, I am beyond blessed by the outpouring of support. From our friends that donated, to those that prayed for us, to those that watched our kids so Rick and I could ride together (thank you Kelly Martin!), to those that rode this year and in years past, to my friends that also live daily with the uncertainty of MS…thank you for helping me not feel like I’m going through this alone.