BIKE MS: Why Do I Ride? (Michele Chen)
BIKE MS: Why Do I Ride? By: Michele Chen |
“In late September, I will be joining the CCC&C cycling team in the Bike MS Tour, a 1 or 2-day event with cycling options ranging from 75 to 175 miles. The team has participated in this event for the past several years. This year, I decided to step out of my comfort zone and join the team for Day 1.
My initial reasons for joining the ride had to do with (1) setting a new goal for myself (having never road-biked prior to last summer) and empowering myself to achieve it, (2) challenging myself physically and mentally, and (3) seeing how far I could push my body. It has been a long time since I had set/achieved any personal goals, and the prospect of a 75 to 100-mile bike ride was exciting. I began riding a few days a week; only 10 miles at a time, at first, and riding on the road with cars whizzing by definitely took some getting used to.
After the initial unease wore off, I found that I loved being on the bike. It makes me happy. Riding gives me a sense of freedom and a sense of exhilaration. … And where others see a houeswife or a mom peddling along the road on a bike, in my mind’s eye, I am leading a breakaway in the Tour de France.
Other added perks were (1) getting to know fellow team/church members that I otherwise would not have had the chance to hang out with and (2) raising money for a worthy cause: multiple sclerosis research.
Keep the CCC&C bike team in your thoughts and prayers during the last weekend of September as we participate in the tour, and maybe one or two of you will join us next year!