Saturday, July 27, 2013
I've been trying to amp up my activity level these last few months to look and feel better, have more energy, weigh less, keep up with my 5 grandkids, the reasons go on and on....
I own a hybrid bike, and it has always been the plan to actually RIDE it, rather than just use it as garage decor. For one reason or another, I keep getting sidetracked. A few weeks ago, a very dear friend and former coworker of mine from my past life as a music teacher emailed me. She mentioned that she would once again be riding in the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's Cycle for Life fundraiser in mid September on the Cuyahoga National Park tow path. AND that another friend and coworker was riding WITH her.... It turns out that she has 2 grandkids with cystic fibrosis. This disease is rare enough to be considered an "orphan" disease. In other words, not enough folks suffer from it to qualify for government or public funding for research. Funding is done privately and is difficult to come by. This is a devastating disease that used to kill children in their teens. Strides are being made through research to extend the average lifespan into the 30's now. Still.... how would you like to know that you would almost certainly outlive your children , and you, as an individual, could do NOTHING to change that?
I have been blessed with 5 gorgeous, healthy grandkids. My heart is aching for my friend and her family with this prognosis hanging over them. What can I do to help?
This, I think, was my sign to get that bike out, dust it off, and add cycling to my fitness routine. I have signed up to ride in the Cycle For Life fundraiser on September 21 with my 2 friends and help raise money for research. The ride for us will not be long by cycling standards: we will do the 13 mile ride. I probably won't raise tons of money, but added to everyone else's efforts, maybe it will make a difference. I won't "win" the race, but I will be there to show my friend I care, we'll catch up on old times, have some laughs and get some exercise in.
My training for this started today: I completed a 16 mile bike ride through a parks program.... IN THE RAIN! AND.... I didn't stop on the hills even once! I can DO this!