Mission accomplished. Goal crushed. Heart & mind happy (body... well, that's a different story).
On Saturday I participated in a Ride of a Life Time at my local Life Time Fitness in Columbia, MD. I had signed up as a challenge rider, agreeing to ride all four cycling classes offered that day and then some. In an effort to exceed my fundraising goal, I boldly challenged my peeps to bet $10 against me being able to ride four hours non-stop. 240 minutes. Zero breaks.
I did it. I got on the bike just before 8 AM and got off at noon. At the end of the four hours, I had a full heart, an empty belly and two sore legs... and much gratitude and love for all who supported my effort, my team member's efforts and the entire event. I proudly pedaled for a purpose and sweated for a great cause, and had a blast doing so!
The LTF crew was phenomenal! The instructors at the Columbia gym are amazeballs and one of the biggest reasons why I've been a faithful member and agreed to take on this challenge. So, here's a shout-out to the team for fueling me, keeping me motivated and hydrated, and for coming to my rescue with an extra hair tie (sweat and long ponytails are not a winning combination, just FYI.)
A Ride of a Life Time was a fundraising event to benefit the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals (nationally), the Johns Hopkins Children's Center (locally) and the Life Time Foundation. Last I heard, the event raised ~ $600,000.
Please take a moment to watch this short clip and meet Ruth. A patient at a Children's Miracle Network Hospital and one of the thousands of reasons I chose to participate in this epic challenge of a ride.