I had an interesting conversation with my father last night. He is incredibly intelligent and tends to keep up with current world news and actually understands what is going on (unlike myself who tries to keep up with it and rarely understands it). Towards the end of our discussion he reminded me of something: the world is full of good. When we turn on the news or read the paper, 99.99% of the time the headline article is something not so good: government issues, conflicts around the world, securing the border, one sports team loses to another (why is it not one sports team defeating another? Same story, positive vibe). My Dad reminded me “…good things, like what you and Mom did today.”
Yesterday was my ride to defeat ALS, the most beautifully painful thing I have ever done. Over 70 miles-we planned on doing the 100, it was in the mid 90’s and I was on a mountain bike (I don’t recommend that). All of the major climbing was in the first 30ish miles; grueling uphill climbs, one right after another for 30 miles. It reminded all of the riders of one thing: their pain. “They” are the people with ALS; the mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, grandparents who are confined to a wheel chair or a bed because ALS is slowly eating away at their body. Those are the people we ride for.
I was riding for my grandmother, Gale Crutcher. Cyclists were questioning me as to why I was riding a mountain bike. First of all, its the only bike I have (that is about 51% of the answer). Secondly, I would bet my life that Grandmother did not make a single complaint the 15 months she fought ALS. Who am I then to complain about being able to ride a mountain bike for 100 miles? (The irony is that she never learned how to ride a bike, bless her heart.)
The ride is over, my thighs are pretty sore, and I have depilated glycogen stores to replenish. More importantly, my Mom and I collectively raised over $1200 to fight ALS. The ALS foundation is still accepting donations for the ALS ride, so maybe you did not donate the first time I posted (which is totally okay) and you would like to donate this time, the link is below. Thank you all for subconsciously cheering us on, it is much appreciated!
My ALS ride site: http://web.alsa.org/goto/bryce_funk