In a little over a week I will be joining my daughter, Kelli, for the 2013 edition of the MS 150 – which I love to point out is actually a 182 mile (we take the challenge route) two day bike ride from Houston to Austin and don’t be misled – there ARE hills in Texas and often lots of wind!
My first ride was on a borrowed bike in 2009 and I rode after receiving a dare/challenge from a friend!
Since 2009 I’ve ridden as an independent rider (with a friend), on a team for a Health Club and last year with Kelli and Team Texas Children’s Hospital (awesome jerseys). Riding with Kelli makes the weekend even more special and something the two of us look forward each year. This year Kelli’s small group from Ecclesia Church decided to ride for Team Saint Arnold’s (really cool jerseys and carb loading options).
What began as a dare and a challenge to ride a bike 182 miles has become something more important. Every year I meet someone else who is battling MS and every year I am reminded of the courage it takes to live with MS. I think of that a lot along the ride – especially when my legs are a little tired and there’s one more hill to climb. We definitely are riding for an important cause. On a personal note being able to ride with Kelli and do this together has also become something important to me.
The MS Society organizes 100 rides nationwide. The funds they raise fuel research aimed at treating and eventually curing MS; they also provide crucial services for persons living with MS. Each one of us who rides – and those who support us - are helping the National MS Society move forward toward a world without MS and making a difference in the lives of 400,000 Americans battling multiple sclerosis today!
On this year’s ride I will carry a bandana with the names of people with MS written on it (something I learned from past MS 150’s). I would love to add the names of any friends or family members any of you know with multiple sclerosis.
AND Kelli and I would LOVE your prayers – the truth is we NEED your prayers. No matter how well we train – 182 is a long couple of days and the long range weather forecasts are for a rainy weekend. We always pray for safety, cool temps, clear skies and if possible a tailwind! But just as in life we sometimes experience headwinds, heat and rain but God has protected us every year. So please keep us in your prayers.
Finally if you’d like to financially support the MS Society and my ride or just want to find our more information on the MS Society just click on 2013 MS 150