Boyz II Men said it best, it’s so hard to say good bye to yesterday.
This summer was a beast. I didn’t do very much writing, which is a shame, because I sure did a whole lotta living!
Cycling highlights include a sweaty Independence Day ride, car-free to NYC Twin Bridges ride & interview with ChicksOnBikesRadio, my birthday weekend in Montreal – where we rented public bikes to get around a super-bike friendly, euro-flavored city – and a healthy 36 mile jaunt from my front door to Jackson. The last bit was especially cathartic because we (myself and CobyBee) rode past my old house where I grew up through teenagedom, past my highschool, and to my HS bff’s home.
This meant something to me. When I was a kid, I only ever rode my bike on my street. It was bookended by busier roads and my protective I-talian father would have none of that.
So, the ride to my high school wasn’t that bad, and it made me wonder if I had embraced the bike back then, how might life have been different? I am almost positive I wouldn’t have struggled with the weight issues that plauged my first 30 years, and it would’ve certainly bolstered my athleticism with other sports I played in high school. I am a creature that does not believe in wasting energy on regret. My life has been exactly as it should have been. I am perfectly imperfect, and truly happy with my place in the cosmos today. I’m at peace, but to be sure, it has made me curious..
At any rate, life is good and the summer was a blast. I didn’t do every thing I wanted but that’s life, ain’t it? Sticking to plans for the sake of sticking to them and being rigid isn’t always the best course of action for the soul.
On the weight loss front, I recently started hitting the gym again and went to spin class last Saturday. I think I caught a cold there, actually, which is a bummer – but I’m about 85% recovered at this point (I read somewhere once that 72.6% of all statistics are made up on the spot).
Keep your fingers crossed that this cold doesn’t travel south to my lungs because I have a nice 40-mile ride for BIKE MS this weekend. I joined my employer’s team and want very badly to actually ride and finish strong. I’ve already hit my fundraising goal of $150, but upped it to $250 to see if we could raise a couple extra bucks to fight this devastating disease. If just 10-15 people donate $10-15, you can help me hit that mark (and more) in no time. Please click here to make a donation.
Why We Fight MS
Having multiple sclerosis means that you may suddenly have blurry vision. Or that your memory will fail you for no apparent reason. Or that you may not always be able to walk, let alone ride a bike. The symptoms of MS are different, and devastating, for everyone – the only certainty is that it will affect yet another person every hour of every day.
Why I Ride
I’ve registered for the Bike MS Ride because I want to do something for the people who have been diagnosed – and because I want to do everything to prevent more people from learning what it means to live with this disease. Today, there is no cure for multiple sclerosis, and with diagnosis occurring most frequently between the ages of 20 and 50, many individuals face a lifetime filled with unpredictability.
Why You Should Sponsor Me
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society will use funds collected from the Bike MS Ride to not only support research for a cure tomorrow, but also to provide programs which address the needs of people living with MS today. Because we can make a difference by simply riding a bike, because we have chosen to help thousands of people through a contribution to the Bike MS, we are now getting closer to the hour when no one will have to hear the words, “You have MS.”
I’ll let you know how I do. I plan to be back writing more often again and getting back to the weekly weigh-in routine. I think it really helped me while I was doing it. I feel like I have some more mental space and energy for it, which is definitely a good thing. Also, I feel like I’ve finally gotten the gluten-free thing down, so I’ll be able to share more about that without feeling sorry for myself. :)
Hope all is well with you. I’ll talk to you soon.