I was scared about it for months... But when I arrived at the start-line... just seeing so many people there who wanna beat this thing, hearing them encourage each-other on, and just immersing myself in the positive atmosphere took away all that fear.
I was pumped. And the ride's excellent logistics, the crowds cheering us on throughout the ride, the other riders urging eachother up the hill and the people who approached me, telling me my speech brought TEARS to their eyes; that they were riding for ME... that kept me going.
And I made it =]
It was honestly, the best weekend of my life. Being cheered on every few kilometers on the track... inspiring and being inspired by so many other riders all there for the same thing... getting to hear from and talk to and help others who have family, friends, or have suffered themselves from this horrible disease... What more could I want from a weekend.
Everyone felt the same way. Whether it be on the ride, where everyone somehow had a smile on their face, despite the pain their legs and behinds were going through... Or at camp, where we'd rest and cheer the other riders as they shared they stories... Or at the finish line, where everyone, not matter how much suffering they were going through, would stand up and cheer the last rider on.
Everyone felt the same joy, the same feeling of accomplishment.
And it was because of riders like us that the Chris O' Brien Lifehouse received $3.6million from the collected fundraising of 905 riders.
And I remembered how every time I'd hear about a fundraising event, or a new breakthrough coming through to fix cancer while in treatment... I'd get a smile on my face. Not only did we raise a huge amount that may just change the outcomes of millions of patients in the future, the fact that we were all there to show our support put a smile on EVERY cancer patient's face.
And That's AMAZING.
My training schedule and the ride itself:
It wasn't as hard as you'd think!
The US: http://www.cyclingacrossamerica.com/event/the-ride-to-conquer-cancer/
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