This weekend I was blessed to ride over 150 miles in the New Mexico MS150 Pedal los Pueblos bike ride to raise funds for the National MS Society. This is my second year riding in the event and I hope to be able to continue the tradition and ride every year that I am physically able to.
The event takes place in Northern New Mexico and starts each day just outside of Santa Fe, a little over an hour from where I live in Albuquerque. My sister flew into town Friday afternoon to come with us and watch the kids while Rick and I were riding. We drove up Friday night, checked in to our hotel and then spent the evening with some of our team members and other friends that were going to be riding. Saturday morning we were up early and got ourselves and bikes over to the start area where we met the rest of the Miles and Trials team. We started our 100 mile trek a little after 7am on Saturday.
There were 7 members of our team this year. I was so humbled and honored to have these friends riding and supporting me and working hard to fundraise to help put a stop to MS.
I rode all day with Sherri, like we did last year. We took it easy stopping for breaks at the rest stops, eating and refilling our water bottles. Part way through the day we met up with Larry, a fellow MS-er whom I got to meet at last year’s ride. The 3 of us ended up riding together the rest of the day. Larry even offered to change my flat tire (fortunately the only one all weekend), but Sherri’s husband, Adrian, pulled up in the car just in time and did the fastest flat tire change to get me back on the road quickly.
It took us around 8 hours to ride about 102 miles. Fortunately, I wasn’t too sore after the ride, probably because we took it easy and stopped and got off the bikes a number of times for a break. And a little massage afterward definitely helped!
The second day was a shorter ride, but it included some extra challenging hills, more like climbing a mountain! The best part about the second day (other than actually surviving the 8 miles of straight uphill climbing) was that our team crossed the finish line together. Some of us rode a 56 mile route, while others did a 40 mile route on Sunday. Both routes finish on the same road and a few miles before the finish, we ended up meeting up with our other team members, and got to ride in together to finish the incredible weekend of riding!
A huge thank you to the New Mexico MS Society for putting on another amazing event. I cannot even imagine how challenging it is to coordinate a 2 day event that spans over 150 miles, and yet they do this seamlessly every year. Thank you to everyone who donated to our team. It is my hope that in my lifetime we will find a cure for MS so that I never have to worry if my children or their future children will have to battle this disease. Thank you to my family for being a part of this journey with me everyday. Lastly, thank you to my awesome team members and their families for giving their time and efforts to fundraise and train for this big event. So many things and people I am grateful for!