Happy Monday friends! Hope you are having a great day…I just got out of bed 🙂 2 reasons: I biked 150 miles this weekend and I work a 12 hour night-shift tonight, so I tried to sleep in as late as possible to flip my sleeping schedule back to nocturnal life.
The MS 150 was an AMAZING experience. I’m so glad I did it and I cannot wait to ride again with the one and only Team Fast Eddy.
Here are the highlights:
- The “I Ride with MS” riders. Talk about inspiration. These people live with and RIDE with multiple sclerosis. From the MS Society website: “MS can cause many symptoms, including blurred vision, loss of balance, poor coordination, slurred speech, tremors, numbness, extreme fatigue, problems with memory and concentration, paralysis, and blindness and more.” Can you imagine riding a bike with those symptoms? Truly– seeing the people riding with MS was the highlight of the weekend. Many need help from friends and family members to help them get on/off their bike or they ride on a tandem bike, but they peddle away right alongside of you. It makes you realize exactly why you are riding and why you raised funds. Shout out to Eddy Magnus for being our team’s inspiration 😉
- The volunteers + the smooth running of the event. This event is SO well run and I know it couldn’t be done without all the volunteers you see along the way. Whether it is a SAG van volunteer ready to help you with a flat or pick you up if you cannot keep going, a church group feeding you a much needed lunch, hydration rest stop volunteers, start and finish line crews, luggage crew, etc. etc! The course was very clearly marked and there were plenty of rest stop along the way. Plus, they do a great job of feeding + hydrating you along the way…which is definitely key 🙂
- Team Fast Eddy. What a crew! Kelly, Nick, Tom, + Eddy do an amazing job of getting their family and friends together to participate in this event every year. This year our team raised about $50,000 to go towards getting closer to an MS free world. Participating on a team that was SO welcoming, full of veterans, and one that thrives on unofficial rest stops (aka fun, small town bars) along the way was key to having a great experience. It was truly great to ride with each and every single one of you! There is still time to donate if you are interested, go here.
- Catching up with old friends + meeting new ones. I biked much of the time with a couple friends from high school that I haven’t spent time with in a few years. It was great to catch up and made the miles go by fast! Every time Kim + I started feeling a bit tired, we’d say “tell me a story”. The team was also full of people I didn’t know very well, but it was great to come alongside a teammate and start chatting + getting to know them for a few miles. Every person on our team had a friendly smile and encouragement ready 🙂
- Team jerseys. Our team won the Best Dam Jersey Award! The jerseys were great because it was easy to spot each other from afar.
- Hot dorms. Throwback to college! Spending the night in the Whitewater dorms with no AC was…well, hot.
- It’s physically demanding. There is no shock here, it’s not easy to ride 150 miles. We kept saying “we do it because we can”. It was important to remember how lucky we are to have able bodies capable of letting us do this!
- Day two conditions. Day 2 met us with 40 mph wind gusts + 90 degree temperatures + hills galore. There were times where it felt like you were not moving at all. But, we stayed positive and we made it!
- That bike seat. It’s no secret that your butt is going to get a little sore when you do this. Even with bike shorts getting back into the saddle on day 2 was tough. I really had to ease into it and let it settle for about a mile after each rest stop. We’re still recovering 🙂
It was worth every ache, every careful ease back onto the saddle, every drop of sweat, and even every tough hill. It was amazing to be part of something way bigger than all of that or myself.
You should join us next year 😉 Everyone is welcome + I promise you it will be an inspiring and fun experience. Special thanks to the Magnus family for putting together such a wonderful crew of people– it’s a special team.