We did it! Cycle to the Shore is complete! Marcus and I rode all 150 miles without a hitch – no bike issues or anything The weekend was so much fun!
Cycle to the Shore, in its 25th year, is a fundraiser for Multiple Sclerosis, which effects a certain lady in my life, my momma!
So this was a time I could finally give back to her, for all that she has given me! Marcus, Julie & Ed (my in-laws), and myself all signed up for the ride. We were required to hit a fundraising goal, which we all hit without a problem. I even got this beauty of a jersey for really exceeding the goal!
We woke up each morning before the sun, and joined the 2500 other riders to start the day.
We got so lucky with the most beautiful days! 58 degrees at the start and not a cloud in the sky! Our first cool temperature days since April!
There were bikes everywhere! And spandex as far as you could see!
And of course, waiting in certain lines that you just didn’t want to be in
Once we started on the ride, it was stressed that this was not a race. (So weird for me!!!) It was simply a fun ride to raise awareness. The first day totaled to 83 miles, and the second day was a 67 mile ride. Along the route, there were multiple stops to refuel and to take a quick break. There were tons of snacks of all kinds! Fruits, gatorade, and some tasty junk food too
And my favorite refueling stop on the ride – the very last one! Just look at that spread – Peanut Butter and M&M’s a top a chocolate graham cracker…. sweet sweet victory!
We were always sure to take advantage of all the fun on the course! The after party for day 1, hosted by our cycling team, Plan B Bike Shop, was great – chicken wings, veggies, fruit, and of course, beer….
Day 2 was celebrated in similar fashion as Marcus and I waited for Julie and Ed to come across the finish line…
We even got a great medal when we finished, handed out by people affected by MS. It was amazing being thanked by them as we crossed the finish.
The experience of a charity ride was fantastic. It was truly rewarding to know we have a hand in helping to fund the research to one day cure this terrible disease. Thank you to all of my friends and family that donated to this amazing cause! I can’t wait to do it again next year! What an amazing weekend!
And now, back to that little thing called running… the Women’s Half Marathon is only 7 weeks away!