The Eve of the Eve Before the MS 150 — Cycling Reflections

3 months ago, Anna and I began on a journey which, as anyone who has been overweight knows, is not very easy.  Sun & Ski had a plan for us to ride bicycles.  And ride more bicycles.  Now, I am telling you that at the time the longest I really wanted to ride a bike was to the donut shop and back.  I’m serious.  It’s not that I hated riding a bike, but I just didn’t see the point.  I had a mountain bike that I rode on occasion, but it was too tiring to ride on long hauls.  We were introduced to our wonderful, amazing Marin Portofinos and the rest is history!

This entire week leading up to the MS 150, I have been reflecting on the events of the past few months, and wanted to share one important observation I have made…


Immediately following the events of 9/11, there was a resurgence of Patriotism in this country that I had not seen really since the 80’s, and prior to that, the 50’s (so I’ve heard countless times from my parents).  I remember everyone was proud to be an American, flags on display on porches and automobiles.  Neighbors were helping neighbors, and each were working together at the time to strengthen one another and provide support in trying times.  With the natural, short-sidedness of Humans, that fervent Patriotism soon faded.  I suppose we all simply shifted back to our day-to-day stresses and forgot what it was like to compliment one another and reinforce positivity and accomplishment.  We seemed to forget the feeling we got when helping out a stranger for no other reason than that it’s the decent thing to do.

Let’s back up to 3 months ago, and the beginning of this blog.  Every weekend, we rode in rallies and training exercises designed to push us harder and harder to finally uncover our cycling abilities.  It is the men and women that we see each and every weekend that have inspired us to go further than we ever thought was possible.  Cycling is the one sport where EVERYONE, regardless of ability, can come out and enjoy fitness and the outdoors in a truly relaxed and chill environment.  This is also the only sport I can think of to have Democrats, Republicans, and Independents of all different ethnicities and socioeconomic classes coming together for a weekend to support one amazing cause.

Again, this is my first MS 150, but I have hundreds of miles of experiences with these cyclists.  Every single one of them has a life, with or without kids, parents, jobs, and common everyday stresses.  Each week, we all put our lives on hold for a brief, albeit amazing, several hours of camaraderie, friendship, and physical activity.  I have met some awesome people on Team Sun & Ski, and each one of them has inspired me to reach my weight loss goals.  I know you are probably reading this, not understanding what I mean.  Focus on the paragraph where I am talking about 9/11, and neighbors helping neighbors.  Do you remember what that was like?  Do you remember having random strangers asking you if you need help, or wish you well?  Can you recall when you felt you were an important part of something much bigger?  If not, join a cycling community and you’ll understand…

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  1. It’s always nice to feel like you are an important part of something bigger. I know you and Anna have worked very hard the past couple of months. I’m sure it all paid off this weekend.


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