Last Sunday I participated in the Ride for Heart in memory of my father. I had been waiting for this day for a very long time. I signed up months ago as a VIP rider with a goal of raising $1000 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation (more on that at the end of this post). Let’s get recapping (I’ll make it short because I am terrible at these)!
I had just bought a bike and only trained on it twice before ride day. One training ride was about 20km and the other about 35km. I was still convinced that I would be able to do the 75km route without any problems.
I don’t look nervous at all!
I started riding and felt like a million bucks. Open roads, nothing to crash into, and time alone to think (aka figure out how to work my bike). This high lasted for about an hour and then I really started feeling it. My butt was numb, my quads were burning, and I was getting jealous of all the biking teams in their spandex unitards who were flying past me. When I reached the split for the 50km and 75km routes, I went for the 50km. I only took one break (about halfway through), ate a Larabar, and let Dean know I would be finished early.
When I got to the finish, lots of eating ensued (typical) and there was a photo booth that we played around with.
Even though I didn’t get to do the 75km route as planned, I still had an amazing experience. I felt good riding for an amazing cause, especially something that has affected me, my life, and the lives of those who I love. I will definitely be participating in this ride again next year (hopefully with more training under my belt!). The only thing I’m bummed out about is that I wasn’t able to meet up with some really special people like Will, Morgan, and my instagram friend brtt_wat. Hopefully I’ll get to see them soon!!
I want to thank each and every one of you for your support over the last few months. I don’t know if I could have done it without all of your encouragement, positive comments, and generous donations. Thanks to all of you, I raised MORE than what I had anticipated. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for everything you have all done for me. I love you.