Last year my “enabler” BMO (I say enabler, because, bad ass BMO talked me into my first 50k run, then my first 24hr endurance run, then my first 100mile run, now my first 175 mile+ bike) rode BikeMS and suggested that we do it this year. I was all over it. Only my planning was a little poor as this ride was exactly one week after my first 100 mile endurance run.
BikeMS is a fundraiser to help fight Multiple Sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis is a chronic, unpredictable disease affecting more than 20,000 people living in Ohio. Currently there is no cure for MS. Advances in treating and understanding MS are made every year, and progress in research to find a cure is very encouraging.
I was riding on behalf of my cousin Karen. She’s been living with MS for 23 years now and hasn’t let her get her down. I’ve registered for the Bike MS because I want to do something for the people who have been diagnosed – and because I want to do everything to prevent more people from learning what it means to live with this disease. I ride for those can’t
MS stops people from moving, I rode to help raise critical funds that support cutting edge research, drive change through advocacy, facilitate professional education and provide programs and services to help people with MS move their lives forward.
There were multiple distances you could ride; There were one day rides that were 30, 75, and 100 miles. As well as two day rides that were 150 and 175 (183)miles. In typical fashion, we opted for the longest distance 🙂
Part of riding in this event was having to raise money to fight MS. The minimum amount needed to ride was $250. With my amazing family and friends, this was easily attainable. So far I’ve raised $575. My donations page is still open until October 31st. If you would like, you could visit it here – every little bit helps, thanks! 🙂
We joined up with Team Mellen, who was the top fundraisers last year. They were able to raise over $50,000.00! They gave us sweet team jerseys for riding with them.
I typically do not wear my bike shorts without another pair of shorts over them, but seeing that there were over 3000 participants all with the same attire — it was a little easier for me to handle. Now I am actually kind of comfortable in them.
Prior to this ride, the furthest I’ve ever ridden was 45 miles — remember my July 4th ride? So I was actually a little nervous about making it in a timely manner. But again, it was so much fun!
We averaged about 17mph for the entire day – 101.3 miles and finished in six hours flat – you could check out my runkeeper data here.
The ride ended at Sandusky High School, near Cedar Point (Oh yeah, the ride is also called “Pedal to the Point”). We were given tickets to go to Cedar Point for the day. One of the most incredible amusement parks in the world. We were supposed to camp out and after fumbling with the tent decided to crash inside the school with several hundred of our newest friends.
Which turned out to be a good idea, because it rained that night! So we hit the park and saw this guy, who I just had to have my picture taken with.
So after buying a couple of way to expensive beers, we decided to head back and just stop at a local bar. You know how I always talk about how awesome my friends are? I forgot my charger for my phone and while setting up plans to meet up with a friend for a couple of drinks I mentioned my phone was going to die – she brought me her charger to use for the rest of our trip! You ROCK Tap!!!
After replenishing some calories with greasy bar food and beer, we said goodbye to Tap, headed back to our “hotel” (gymnasium) and got some much needed shut eye.
Day two seemed much easier. I viewed it as I did BR. Aid station to aid station. Which BTW were stocked with fruits, water, Gatorade, PB&J’s, and Ho Ho’s. All of the volunteers were fantastic and so nice.
Back on the bikes and on to the finish. The return route was supposed to be 75 miles. It turned out to be almost 83 miles. With the last 10 miles almost all uphill!
We finished the return trip in just over 6 hours 82.3 miles. Here is my runkeeper data for the return trip. My Garmin’s battery died 5hrs into our ride so I had to adjust the map and end time manually. This makes our distance/time data correct, but splits after 75 are not.
What a great event! So well organized, and so much fun. Just cannot thank everyone enough who are involved with putting it on.
Now I have some serious CSA posts to catch up on — tomorrow (well seeing that it’s after 1am – today’s) pickup will make THREE that I have to post about!!!
What’s next? I have “Not Yo Momma’s 100 miler” at the end of September – click here for details. and a double trail marathon at the end of October — The “Running with Scissors”, double marathon – click here for details. I’ll find more to do before this year is over. Fall and winter are some of my favorite times to run. give me 30deg F. temps and snow, a pair of shorts and a long sleeve shirt and I’m loving it!!